Jordan's king warns of sectarian 'destruction'

AP News
Posted: Aug 20, 2013 8:10 AM

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king has warned that ethnic and sectarian violence could lead to the "destruction" of the Muslim world.

Abdullah II's remarks came at a conference in the Jordanian capital on Tuesday of 100 religious scholars, both Sunni and Shiite, from 35 countries.

The civil war in neighboring Syria has taken on an increasingly sectarian tone, pitting predominantly Sunni rebels against a regime dominated by an offshoot of Shiism, which is allied with Shiite-majority Iran. Jordan is worried that the violence could spill across the border.

Sunni-Shiite tensions also impact conflicts in Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere.

"This conference coincides with our repeated calls to reject and end ethnic and intra-religious sectarian violence, which entails a recipe for the destruction of the Islamic world," the king said.