Syrian Nation Not to Give In to West’s Excessive Demands: Grand Mufti
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Syria’s Grand Mufti Ahmed Badreddin Hassoun slammed the US and some other Western countries for meddling in the internal affairs of the Arab nation and said Syrians will never bow to their excessive demands.
Addressing the opening of the 29th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran on Sunday, Hassoun emphasized that Syria’s people do not need “the West and the US” to sympathize with them.
“(Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian people will never give in to the excessive demands of the US and the West,” the Syrian Grand Mufti said.
He also underlined that the future of the war-hit country will be determined only by the people of Syria.
The Sunni cleric further underlined the important role that Damascus is playing in the anti-Israeli Resistance Front in the Middle East region.
The 29th International Islamic Unity Conference opened in the Iranian capital on Sunday morning with high-ranking officials of Muslim countries and Shiite and Sunni scholars in attendance.
The conference comes as Muslims are celebrating the Unity Week, an annual occasion marking solidarity among different Islamic schools of thought. The birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) falls in the week, which started on Thursday.
The main purpose of the gathering is to discuss ways to promote unity and solidarity in the Islamic world and bring closer views of Muslim clerics and scholars’ on diverse issues, including Syrian conflicts.
Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with Takfiri terrorists from various groups, including the ISIL, currently controlling parts of it.
According to the United Nations, more than 250,000 people have been killed and one million wounded during the conflict.