• publish: 8 January 2016
  • time: 10:29 am
  • category: Politics
  • No: 2904
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Afghan Ulemas:

“Iran and Saudi work on negotiations to resolve tensions”

The Afghanistan Ulema Council on Thursday issued a statement inviting Iran and Saudi Arabia to resolve tensions through negotiations, expressing concerns that the flaring tensions between the two major Islamic nations could have a negative impact on the Islamic world.

A statement was released by the Ulema Council of Afghanistan following a meeting on Thursday where both the Sunni and Shi’ite religious scholars gathered to discuss the issue, Khaama Press reported.

The statement further added that the “Ulema Council of Afghanistan requests the two nations to remain alert regarding the intrigues and conspiracies of the enemies of Islam in a ‘Sensitive Period of the History’ and prevent further tensions to flare up among the Muslims by resolving their internal issues through negotiations.”

The council also called on Organization of Islamic Cooperation, United Nations and other Islamic and International organizations to interfere and prevent further escalation of tensions.

Tensions between Saudi and Iran escalated following an attack on Saudi embassy and consulate in Iran by angry protesters who demonstrated regarding the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a cleric and activist whose death sparked widespread Shiite protests.

The tensions erupted into a full-blown diplomatic crisis this week which sparked widespread worries of regional instability.

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday accused Riyadh of seeking to “cover its crime” by severing ties. “One does not respond to criticism by cutting off heads,” Rouhani said.

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