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iran.Mohammad-Javad-ZarifIrans utenriksminister Mohamad Javad Zarif sier i et intervju med BBC  at striden mellom sunnier og shiaer er den største trussel mot verdensfreden. Den sekteriske striden mellom de to hovedretningene innen islam virker som en motor som pisker opp hat og motsetninger mot minoriteter, som kristne og alavitter og kurdere.

Hatet tok en dødelig vending da al-Qaida-lederen Zarqawi bevisst angrep shiaenes hellige steder i Irak for å fremprovosere borgerkrig. Det klarte han. Inn i dette føyer seg stormaktsambisjoner til land som Iran og Saudi-Rabia. Men det sier selvsagt ikke en iransk utenriksminister. Han klager over sunni-nasjoner som pisker opp og spekulerer i frykten.

 

Sectarian tension between Shia and Sunni Muslims is probably the most serious threat to world security, according to Iran’s foreign minister.

Speaking to the BBC, Mohamed Javad Zarif blamed some Sunni countries for what he called «fear-mongering».

«Some people have fanned the animosity for short-sighted political interests,» he said.

Syria, Iraq and Pakistan are among the countries currently grappling with a surge in sectarian violence.

Mr Zarif said conflict between Sunnis and Shias was «the most serious security threat not only to the region but to the world at large».

«I think we need to come to understand that a sectarian divide in the Islamic world is a threat to all of us.»

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Mr Zarif said all sides should forget their differences over Syria to oppose sectarianism.

«I think all of us… regardless of our differences on Syria, we need to work together on the sectarian issue,» he said.

Without naming countries directly, he accused Sunni Arab leaders of «fanning the flames» of sectarian violence.

«This business of fear-mongering has been a prevalent business,» he said.

«Nobody should try to fan the flames of sectarian violence. We should reign it in, bring it to a close, try to avoid a conflict that would be detrimental to everybody’s security.»

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24893808