TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned against problems facing the Middle East and called on regional Muslim countries to use the holy month of Ramadan as an opportunity to “join hands to build a strong Ummah (community)”.     

“Ramadhan is a time of reflection & self-examination. Our troubled region faces a crucial crossroad: to continue on destructive path of enmity & hatred pursued by men who aspire to dominate; or to set aside egos & join hands to build a strong Ummah. Wishing all a blessed #Ramadan,” Zarif said on his Twitter account on Thursday evening.

The remarks came as some parts of the Middle East and the Muslim world have been plagued by conflicts, violence, and terrorism in recent years due to a lack of unity as well as plots hatched by the enemies of Islam.

Countries like Iraq and Syria have been gripped by insurgency and terrorism, while Yemen has been suffering from a brutal aggression by a Saudi-led coalition for more than three years.

Over 14,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.