Assad: Saudi Arabia's political, religious ideology "threatens the whole world"
Wahhabism is the ultra-conservative vein of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia. It has been intrinsic to Saudi's rulers since the 18th century. (AFP/File)
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that Saudi Arabia's political and religious ideology of Wahhabism threatens "the whole world."
“President Assad warned during his meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of the threat posed by Wahhabi thinking to all the world, not just to the region,” Syria’s state television reported on Wednesday.
The Syrian president also called on Syrians and other people in the region to confront Wahhabism which jeopardizes the entire region.
"The Syrian people and some peoples in the region know how serious the threat posed by Wahhabism is, and everyone must contribute to the confrontation against it and to eradicating it from the root," the report added.
The comments come against the backdrop of Saudi Arabia's support for the foreign-backed militants operating in Syria.
Meanwhile, Iranian foreign minister has said his visit to Syria is aimed at helping the upcoming Geneva II conference on Syria’s crisis be successful, adding that in case the internationally-brokered peace talks bring about successful results for the Middle Eastern country, it can put an end to the killing of civilians.
On November 25, 2013, the United Nations set January 22 as the date for the Syria peace conference.
The Iranian foreign minister reiterated that the Syrian crisis should be resolved through diplomatic means only.
Zarif's visit to Syria came as part of a regional tour which earlier took him to Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan.
Syria has been gripped by a deadly conflict since 2011. According to the reports, the Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey - are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.