WASHINGTON – Praising the move as a breakthrough in international relations, a leading US Muslim advocacy group has welcomed the deal entered yesterday between Iran and world powers to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from some economic sanctions.
"We welcome the agreement signed in Geneva and hope it will reverse the counterproductive decades-long push toward conflict between Iran and Western nations,” Nihad Awad, Executive Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a press release obtained by OnIslam.net.
"We look forward to a time when the Iranian people will no longer suffer under unprecedented international sanctions and in which the international community is satisfied that Iran's nuclear program is devoted to exclusively peaceful purposes,” he added.
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Easing a long festering standoff, the interim pact between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia was approved on Sunday.
The group has been meeting in Geneva for days in hopes of reaching a diplomatic solution.
As part of the deal, Iran will be required to dilute its stockpile of uranium that had been enriched to 20%.
The deal also mandates Iran halt all enrichment above 5% and dismantle the technical equipment required to do that.
Before the end of the initial phase of the deal, all its stockpiles should be diluted below 5% or converted to a form not suitable for further enrichment, the deal states.
President Barack Obama said the deal is a significant step forward.
The deal has also won the critical endorsement of Iranian clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Yukiya Amano, director general of the UN nuclear watchdog, has also praised the Geneva 2 agreement as “another important step forward following the agreement reached between the Agency and Iran on 11 November in Tehran.”
While praising the new deal, the Muslim organization urged Iran to drop its ongoing support for Syria's brutal dictatorship.
“While we welcome this move toward international peace and stability, we must also call on Iranian leaders to realize the un-Islamic nature of their massive political, military and financial support for the brutal Syrian dictatorship,” Awad said.
“Iranian support for the Assad regime has contributed to the killing of more than 120,000 Syrians, including some 11,000 children.
“No government that claims Islamic legitimacy can continue to back those who are massacring Muslims,” he added.
More than 100,000 people have been killed in two years and a half of fighting between Assad’s regime and opposition fighters in Syria.
The fighting has forced more than one million Syrians to flee their home to neighboring countries in addition to the displacement of two millions others inside the country.
During the past thirty months, Shiite Iran supported Assad against Syrian rebels.
Last May, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed to propel Assad to victory in Syria's civil war.
The Shiite leader also pledged that Hizbullah will turn the tide of the conflict in Assad's favor, and stay as long as necessary to do so.
Reacting to the Shiite interference, prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi called on Sunni Muslims to join opposition forces in their fight against Assad’s regime.
Qaradawi also denounced Hizbullah, which means the party of God in Arabic, as the "party of Satan".
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