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Zambia worried at Iran regime’s attempts to ‘spread sectarianism in Africa’


President Edgar Lungu of Zambia has expressed serious concerns over the Iranian regime’s attempts to make headway in Africa to spread its sectarian ideology.

“These attempts are a source of serious concern for the African leaders,” Lungu told Okaz/Saudi Gazette in an exclusive interview.

The Zambian president was in Saudi Arabia on an official visit during which he held talks with Saudi King Salman and senior Saudi officials last Tuesday.

Lungu called for an immediate halt to the Iranian regime’s machinations in the region and asked Muslims to sit together to settle their differences lest they might destroy each other.

“We should stay away from sectarianism. We all believe in the same God. We should all be tolerant. Our message is peace. We should stay away from anything that might disturb peace or create turmoil,” he said in the interview which was published by the Saudi Gazette on Monday.

Lungu also condemned the Russian protection to Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad.

“There is no reason for Russia to destroy Syria under the pretext of protecting the regime,” he said.

He called for putting an immediate end to the killings of innocent people especially women and children in Syria and said all African leaders are looking forward to an immediate cessation of hostilities and destruction in the country.