Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday warned of a possible Iranian-Arab and Sunni-Shia conflict in the region.
"The U.S. and Western countries are trying to unleash an Iranian-Arab and Sunni-Shiite war," Ahmadinejad said.
Ahmadinejad also linked the looming conflict to US attempts to resolve Palestinian-Israeli conflict through creating an independent Palestinian state
"They are trying to prevent the overthrow of the Zionist regime (Israel) by creating differences among the regional peoples," Ahmadinejad said. “They say one Zionist government and one Palestinian government and this slogan is aimed at saving the defeated Zionist government,” he added [IRNA, 7 April].
Although the current US policy of recognizing an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel is rather old, but Ahmadinejad saw it as a new and “very sophisticated plot” to sow discord and portray a different US face among regional countries.