Iran: West Seeking to Plunder Other Nations' Wealth
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi called on the US and certain European countries to avoid meddling in the domestic affairs of Afghanistan and Yemen, and underlined that the same Western states are seeking hegemony and stealing the wealth of other nations.
Iran's president, who is on an official visit to Indonesia at the head of a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, made the remarks in a meeting with a group of Indonesian people at the Islamic Center of the Southeast Asian country’s capital of Jakarta on Tuesday, urging stronger unity among Muslim countries.
He stressed that the era of the United States’ dominance and hegemony has come to an end with the rise of emerging powers.
He pointed to Islam's call for unity and described unity and cohesion as two strategies used by the Islamic Ummah against enemies’ divisive policies.
“Muslim countries ... should have very close relations with each other," he underscored.
President Rayeesi said that enemies seek to foment various types of sedition in Muslim countries, adding, “The enemy, once with the creation of Daesh (also known as ISIL or ISIS), another time through the media empire, and once by insulting the Holy Prophet, etc. looks to create disunity in the Islamic Ummah.”
He said the hegemonic system is after the continuation of its dominance across the world.
“Today, the reason behind opposition to the Islamic Republic [of Iran] is that the Islamic Republic does not want to abide by the hegemonic system," he continued, adding, "With the rise of emerging powers, the era of the US dominance and the hegemonic system has come to an end."
Rayeesi rejected the US and the West's claims about democracy as a lie and stressed, “If you are looking for democracy, let the Palestinians determine their own fate. Let people in Yemen and Afghanistan decide for themselves, why are you interfering in their affairs?”
Iran's president stated that Western countries, and the US in particular, are not after democracy, "they are looking for hegemony and plundering the wealth of nations".
In a meeting with President Joko Widodo, Rayeesi stressed that Iran and Indonesia believe in serious fight against unilateralism in the regional and international issues.
Iranian officials say the future of the world will not witness unilateralism, and multilateralism will spread across the globe. They have asked independent states to challenge the US hegemony in the region and around the world, and stressed that domineering behavior is not just special to Democrats or Republicans but in the nature of American policies.