Imam Khamenei says unipolar world order losing legitimacy, calls for Muslim unity
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Imam Khamenei, says the unipolar world order in which one or two states impose their will on other countries is no longer accepted.
“The political map of the world is changing,” Ayatollah Khamenei told Iranian officials and guests of the 36th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran on Friday.
The issue of being in a unipolar world where “one or two countries forcing other states and nations has lost its legitimacy,” he said, adding, “Nations have been awakened. The unipolar world order is no longer accepted and is gradually losing its legitimacy.”
In a unipolar system, he maintained, arrogant powers such as the US, would design their own schemes and dictate them to other countries such as Iraq, Syria, Iran, or Lebanon.
The people of the world are awakening to the truth of those powers and are opposed to one or two states bullying others into obedience, he said.
‘Islamic unity amounts to safeguarding interests of Muslim Ummah’
Ayatollah Khamenei also said Islamic unity means being united in safeguarding the interests of the Islamic Ummah across the world.
“Unity means being united in protecting the interests of the Islamic Ummah (community),” he said.
It also does not mean geographical unity, he maintained, as some Arab countries tried to get united in the 1960s and 1970s. “This is impossible.”
“We should first detect the interests of the Muslim Ummah. Then, nations should come to an agreement on that and see what the Ummah needs at the time; [they should see] to whom they should be foes, [and] with whom friends, and how they should engage in friendship.”
Unity means implementing “joint actions against the plots of the Arrogance,” he added.
The 36th International Islamic Unity Conference officially opened on Wednesday at Tehran’s Summit Hall with the participation of delegates from over 40 countries
The annual conference is organized by the Iran-based World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought. The annual event marks Islamic Unity Week which coincides with the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
“Islamic unity, peace and avoiding division and conflict within the Islamic world” has been named as the main theme of the conference. Just war and peace, Islamic brotherhood, countering terrorism, accepting religious consensus, empathy, and sympathy, mutual action among various Islamic schools of thought, and condemning normalization of relations with the Zionist regime are among the other topics of the event.