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07 September 2011

Iran to host Islamic Awakening Conference in September

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Tehran: The Islamic Republic of Iran is due to host a high-profile international conference on the rising tides of Islamic Awakening in the Middle-East and North Africa later this month.

"The conference will be held in Tehran on September 17-18 and it will be attended by thinkers and intellectuals from 80 different world countries," Secretary-General of the Conference Ali Akbar Velayati told a press conference here in Tehran on Sunday.

Velayati, who is a top advisor to the Iranian Supreme Leader for international affairs, further pointed out that the conference is not a state-sponsored move, but added that a large number of government offices and ministries as well as cultural bodies have rendered assistance to the organizers of the gathering.

"No phenomenon or development which has happened as a result of Islamic awakening in different countries, including Yemen, Libya, Syria and Bahrain, will be left untouched in this conference and we will recognize no limit for expression of views and beliefs in this conference," he reiterated, and mentioned that participants in the conference will come from both Muslim and non-Muslim countries.

Since the beginning of 2011, the Muslim world has witnessed popular uprisings and revolutions similar to what happened in Iran in 1979. Tunisia saw the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolution in January, which was soon followed by a revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak in Egypt in February.

Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have since been the scene of protests against their totalitarian rulers, who have resorted to brutal crackdown on demonstrations to silence their critics.

Bahrain and Yemen, however, have experienced the deadliest clashes, while in Bahrain the military intervention of the Saudi-led forces from the neighboring Arab states has further fueled the crisis in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

(Courtesy: Fars News Agency)

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