There is no Iranian or Turkish Islam: Salehi

March 15, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has said that Islam is one and the promotion of concepts such as “Iranian Islam” or “Turkish Islam” must be avoided.

Salehi made the remarks in an interview with the Mehr News Agency which was published on Monday.
Asked about the attempts by certain Western countries to turn two regional powers of Iran and Turkey against each other by claiming that Turkey is an example of Islam based on Sunnism while Iran exemplifies Islam based on Shiism, Salehi said, “No two countries, even governed by Muslim rulers, are exactly the same… Iran and Turkey are no exception.”
However, Islam is one and concepts such as “Iranian Islam” or “Turkish Islam” do not exist, he added.
Iran determined to develop ties with Saudi Arabia
Salehi also commented on his foreign policy priorities to develop special diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia.
He said, “Saudi Arabia is one of the most important regional countries in the areas of politics, economy, and culture. Iran, as a major and influential state in the Middle East, must increase its relations with all Islamic-Arab states in the region, particularly Saudi Arabia. Over the past decades, we have witnessed ups and downs in the relations between the two Islamic countries, which are not in the best interests of the two states, and in fact have served the interests of the regional and global enemies of Muslims.”
Libya is a different case
Commenting on the civil unrest that has rocked Libya, Salehi said, “Libya is very different than the world’s countries including the Middle Eastern and North African states… Therefore, the Libyan revolution is different.”
New AEOI director is a source of pride for Iran
On the appointment of Fereydon Abbasi Davani as Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) director, Salehi said, “He (Abbasi Davani), as a nuclear scientist, is a source of pride for the country and the Islamic Revolution, and attained a special status among the people after the assassination attempt on him by the enemies of the Islamic establishment.”
Selehi declined to comment on whether he suggested that President Ahmadinejad appoint Abbasi Davani as the AEOI director.
On November 29, two prominent physicists were targeted by terrorists in two separate bombings. Professor Majid Shahriari was killed and Professor Fereydoun Abbasi Davani was injured in the attacks. The two academics were both on their way to work at Shahid Beheshti University in northern Tehran when they were attacked. The police say that in both incidents, terrorists riding motorcycles attached magnetic bombs to the physicists’ cars