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Interfaith Gathering Shows Solidarity Against Extremism

On Saturday, June 3, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President-elect Maryam Rajavi and a large number of prominent personalities from Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Jordan, and Algeria participated in an Iftar gathering for Ramadan, called “Interfaith Solidarity Against Extremism”. The gathering was held in the central office of the NCRI in Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris.

“The spirit of Islam abhors all forms of compulsion, coercion and forcible prohibition, ranging from imposing the compulsory veil to the forced observation of fasting and prayers by flogging and terror, to preventing the construction of Sunni mosques, and especially to imposing the rule of a government under the name of God and Islam,” said Rajavi.

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She also expressed regret about the distress and division overshadowing lives of nations in the Middle East and North Africa, and she called on all Muslims, both Sunnis and Shi’ites, to unite in solidarity and stand up to the velayat-e faqih regime ruling in Iran. Ms. Rajavi proposed a three-pronged initiative and urged all nations in the region to support it: designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity, expulsion of the Iranian regime from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and recognition of the Iranian people’s Resistance for the overthrow of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship and establishment of freedom.

Rajavi also lauded the stances adopted at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh last month, especially their emphasis on the Iranian regime being the source and origin of terrorism, belligerence, and fundamentalism in the region. According to Rajavi, this stance could impact the regime’s belligerence and bloodshed.

“The permanent policy of the regime throughout its rule has been the gross violation of human rights and brutal suppression at home. On the regional level, too, the regime has always sought to dominate the region by invasions and promotion of fundamentalism and sectarianism under the name of Islam,” said Rajavi.


Other individuals who spoke at the event represent an international group of leaders, including Nadhir Hakim, Director General of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, along with other members of the resistance and the transitional government; Anissa Boumediene, former First Lady of Algeria and Islamic scholar; Mohammad Al-Haj, representing a parliamentary delegation from Jordan; and many others.

The conference also featured a photo exhibition on the courageous six-year resistance of the people of Syria and some of the shocking scenes of the crimes of the Iranian regime and its allies in that country, which was welcomed by participants.

About Siavosh Hosseini (351 Articles)
My background is in the visual arts, particularly in photojournalism. I have had the opportunity to cover scores of international artistic and news events in the US and across Europe since the mid-1980s. I was active in television newsrooms and production as a graphic designer and producer for more than 12 years in different television and news outfits in Europe.

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