Avoid in­ter­fer­ence, Iran told

New Straits Times - - News -

RIYADH: Malaysia hopes that Iran will avoid any ac­tion deemed as in­ter­fer­ing in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of its neigh­bours.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said he was aware there was a wide­spread be­lief that Iran had con­trib­uted some­what to the in­sta­bil­ity in the Mid­dle East.

“As a coun­try that en­joys and values good re­la­tions with coun­tries in the re­gion, Malaysia feels that Iran should avoid any ac­tion that could be in­ter­preted as in­ter­fer­ing in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of its neigh­bours.

“This is not only for the sake of re­gional sta­bil­ity, but also for the unity of the ummah,” Na­jib said in his speech that fo­cused on com­bat­ing ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism at the Arab Is­lamic Amer­i­can Sum­mit here yes­ter­day.

United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, in a keynote speech ear­lier, urged na­tions to “iso­late” Iran if it con­tin­ued to cause trou­ble in the re­gion.

He also toned down his pre­vi­ous rhetoric on Is­lam, say­ing that the war on ter­ror­ism was not a fight be­tween dif­fer­ent faiths.

Na­jib said due to re­li­gious and cul­tural affin­ity, Malaysians had al­ways felt close to the peo­ple and coun­tries in the re­gion.

“(The) cur­rent in­sta­bil­ity in the re­gion has, thus, raised much con­cern to us all. Un­sta­ble re­gions are fer­tile grounds for ter­ror­ism to flourish.”

Iran has re­port­edly been ac­cused of sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism and seek­ing to im­ple­ment poli­cies that would dis­rupt the re­gion.

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