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Speaker of the Council of Representatives Ahmed bin Ibrahim al-Mulla. Asharq Al-Awsat

Manama-Human Rights activists stressed in the first edition of the pan-Arab Forum on Iranian threats to Arab human security, which was held in Manama, Bahrain, on Saturday, that Arabs have become prone to sectarian threats that target their right to live a secure and stable life.

They blamed the current situation on the Iranian acts, which include imposing its sectarian ideology on Arab states, compromising the military and security state of affairs of countries and exposing Arabs’ lives to several risks.

The forum titled “No Rights without Security,” was organized by the Arab Federation for Human Rights under the auspices of the Speaker of the Council of Representatives Ahmed bin Ibrahim al-Mulla.

The forum said that Arabs cannot enjoy their rights and fundamental freedom unless there is peace, stability and security.

They also noted that Iranian interference in regional affairs is discordant with the principles of international relations of good neighborliness and peaceful coexistence.

The forum condemned acts of Iranian agents and members, who spread sectarianism in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, saying it is a terrorist state that is denounced regionally and internationally.

Moreover, in a bid to counter the Iranian threats, a joint Arab initiative was launched on the sidelines of the forum.

The initiative aims at supporting efforts of Arab and the Gulf governments as well as organizations to confront Iranian threats and stave off their impact on the future of the Arab national security.

“Today we announce the inauguration of this initiative to support Arab and GCC efforts to face the Iranian threats. It promotes non-governmental efforts to curb the

threats posed by the Iranian regime,” Defense and National Security Parliamentary Committee Member MP Jamal Buhassan remarked during the announcement.

Commenting on the forum, Speaker al-Mulla underlined parliamentary support for human rights work, stressing humans’ inalienable right to live in security as stipulated by all divine religions and international covenants.

“No life or development are possible without providing and ensuring security and stability,” he said, affirming that combating terrorism is the duty of everyone, especially with Iran’s clear role in supporting terrorist groups that jeopardize the security of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and that of the Arabs as a whole.

Al-Mulla underscored the importance of the forum in countering Iran’s negative conduct in the region, strengthening security, stability and human rights across the Arab world and confirming the Arab identity and Arab efforts to denounce and put an end to sectarian conflicts.

He said that the acts of Iran and its affiliate parties can no longer be tolerated, noting that Iran has failed to respond positively to all Arab efforts aiming to contain its meddlesome conduct and build up relations, sticking to its destructive terrorist plots which led to many conflicts across the Arab Nation.

The Speaker called for the need to step up joint Arab cooperation in confronting the wave of multipolar ideological and sectarian extremism resulting from Iran’s limitless interference in the Arab internal affairs in a bid to subjugate and weaken the Arab region and keep it from carrying out its development plans.