Rafsanjani Denounces Saudi Killing of Muslims

Rafsanjani Denounces Saudi Killing of Muslims  Rafsanjani Denounces Saudi Killing of Muslims

Chairman of Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani denounced Saudi Arabia's authorities for pursuing irrational policies and spending funds on killing Muslims in Yemen.

"It is a pity that Saudi Arabia, which boasts of hosting Ka'ba (Islam's most sacred mosque), is spending Islam's great wealth on killing Muslims," Rafsanjani said in a meeting with Iraq's Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri in Tehran on Sunday, slamming the new Saudi rulers for their immature and irrational policies, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been launching deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in Yemen to restore power to fugitive president Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

More than 8,000 Yemenis, most of them civilians, have been killed in the Saudi-led aggression so far.

Ayatollah Rafsanjani decried Saudi Arabia's overt and covert ties with the Israeli regime despite knowing that the "usurping Zionists" have been displacing Palestinian Muslims from their homes and lands.

The senior official also cautioned against the dire consequences of the spread of terrorist activities by the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group, saying the terrorist group could disturb security in any country if its ideology is not eradicated.

"For the sake of Islam and humanity, Iran is prepared for cooperating with Iraq and every other country for countering the takfiri group," he added.

A takfiri accuses followers of some Islamic sects of apostasy.

Jabouri said Iraq seeks a counter-terrorism strategy in cooperation with all major countries, particularly with Iran that has valuable experience in fighting terrorism.

Iran, a close ally of Iraq, has been supporting the Arab nation in the fight against IS since the terrorist group invaded Iraq in the summer of 2014.