SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Monday warned the Islamic countries against the weakening impact of discord, calling for the religious solidarity.
Ayatollah Rafsanjani made the remarks in a meeting in Tehran with visiting Qatari Judiciary Chief Ali Bin Fatis al-Marri.
Ayatollah Rafsanjani said Iran has always attached special significance to expansion of relations with the neighboring and Muslim Qatar.
‘With a 1.7 billion population, near 60 countries and enormous resources, Islamic countries could turn into the first decision-maker in regional and international arenas,’ the Ayatollah said.
Ayatollah Rafsanjani, who has also served as Iran’s president for two terms, recalled his administration’s policies for promotion of cooperation with Persian Gulf Arab states and Central Asian countries and said, ‘Cooperation with Persian Gulf states, particularly Qatar, on providing drinking water was one of our plans.’
Rafsanjani said that there are still many grounds for cooperation in the new situation.
The Qatari judiciary chief, for his part, said that Qatari Emir favors enhanced relations between the two countries, adding, ‘We know that our commonalities are much more than our divisive points.’
Referring to the role of Ayatollah Rafsanjani in the Muslim world, al-Marri called on the Iranian veteran politician to step in and help narrow the gap among the Muslims.