World Bulletin / News Desk
The continuation of the inter-Arab political crisis could contribute to Syria’s eventual division and the expansion of Iranian influence in Syria and the region in general, Osama al-Rifaei, head of the Syrian Islamic Council, said.
On June 5, five Arab countries -- Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen -- cut off ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
Doha, for its part, denies the allegations, calling the moves to diplomatically isolate it “unjustified”.
In exclusive comments to Anadolu Agency, al-Rifaei described the ongoing crisis in relations as “a return to Jahiliyyah [a pre-Islamic state of “ignorance”] and will affect the situation in Syria”.
“Those most negatively affected by the ongoing dispute [between Arab states] are the Syrian people,” he said.
He warned that Iran, one of the Bashar al-Assad regime’s main supporters, was “trying to promote the Shia doctrine” in the region.
“The Iranians are exploiting religion to reach their goals,” al-Rifaei said. “They don’t care about Shias, Sunnis or Islam; they’re fanatical nationalists.”
“If the brotherly countries of the Gulf remain locked in dispute, this will allow Iran to expand its influence and establish a foothold in the Gulf,” he asserted.
“This would not only harm us [i.e., Syrians], but the entire region,” he warned. “No one will benefit from this but the West.”
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