Paris, 4 Jul – The only solution to bring an end to bloodshed and the spread of Islamic fundamentalism and extremism in the Middle East is to evict the Iranian regime from the region and bring about regime change in Iran, Maryam Rajavi, the head of Iran’s Parliament-in-exile, said on Friday.
Addressing Islamic dignitaries from across the Muslim world at a Ramadan ceremony in Paris, Rajavi said: “So long as this regime is in power in Iran, the people of Iran and other nations in the Middle East will not enjoy freedom and democracy. This regime, which continues to persist on acquiring the nuclear bomb, despite opposition by the Iranian people and the international community, is a global threat”.
“The solution lies in the eviction of this regime from the entire region and in toppling the Caliph of regression and terrorism in Iran”, she said.
Rajavi, who is President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said Islam is against compulsion in religion. “In Iran today, the ruling mullahs have enchained our nation through incessant executions, torture, limb amputation, eye-gouging, and acid attacks on women as well as by causing rampant poverty”.
“This inhumane regime rests on the principle of velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule) and is the godfather of ISIS and Boko Haram”, she said
Fundamentalist forces, whether Shiite or Sunni, share a common inhumane ideology and belief system, she said: “They enforce their religion by resorting to force. They establish absolute tyranny under the name of God. They resort to terrorism and expansionism under the pretext of exporting revolution and religion. They eliminate, suppress and humiliate women; and finally, they trample all human and divine principles to preserve their own rule”.
“Accordingly, two diametrically opposite Islams are arrayed against one another: the Islam of freedom versus the religion of compulsion and coercion”, she said. “Our Islam is the religion that respects freedom of choice”.
“Both Shiites and Sunnis, have a common enemy: the fundamentalist theocracy ruling Iran”.
Addressing representatives of Middle Eastern and Muslim nations, Rajavi said: “There can be an end to the carnage and conflict which the Iranian regime has fomented in your countries under the banner of Islam. To do so, you should stand in solidarity with the Iranian Resistance and people and stand up to the Iranian regime and its accomplices, namely Bashar Assad and those groupings in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria who are under the thumb of the clerics”.
Muslim dignitaries present at the Ramadan conference endorsed Rajavi’s position.
A statement supported by the Muslim dignitaries who included the former Prime Minister of Algeria and lawmakers from Bahrain, Jordan, and Palestine as well as senior officials from Syria’s moderate opposition, expressed gratitude to the Iranian Resistance and Rajavi for staging the conference, “itself a major step in line with promoting brotherhood amongst Muslims from various countries, spectrums and walks of life; to abolish terrorism and extremism from the face of Islam and Muslims; and pave the grounds of establishing a united Muslim front against fundamentalism and extremism”.
The statement added: “Extremism, terrorism and abductions under the banner of Islam began spreading in the region and across the globe following Khomeini’s rise to power and establishing a religious-fascist rule in Iran. Fundamentalist movements, including the Lebanese Hezbollah, so-called Shiite militias in Iraq and the Houthis in Yemen, just like al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS), were all created directly by this regime, and Tehran provides financial, spiritual and arms support; or they are inspired by this regime and/or its crimes, especially in Iraq and Syria where it has provided a safe haven for them”.
“The appeasement policy adopted by the West, especially the United States, vis-à-vis the Iranian regime in Syria and Iraq in the past few years has had the largest role in the spread of extremist movements. Today, as Mrs. Rajavi said in a US Congress hearing, evicting the Iranian regime’s terrorist Quds Force from Syria and Iraq is the first and most important of the steps necessary to conquer extremism and terrorism in the region and across the world”.
“We stand alongside the Iranian people and PMOI (People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran / MEK), the National Council of Resistance of Iran and its President Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, and her plans and agendas for a future Iran. We call upon all regional countries to recognize this resistance and its struggle to overthrow the Iranian regime as not only the demand of the Iranian people, but also a need for peace and tranquility in the region, and of course, a necessary step to defeat the devious phenomenon known as fundamentalism”, the statement added.