Iran seeks to host OIC branches
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister says the Islamic Republic wants permanent branches of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to relocate to Tehran, Press TV reported.
"The Organization [of Islamic Cooperation] assigned the locations of the permanent branches among Muslim countries when Iran had minimal to non-existent presence in the Organization," Mohammad-Mehdi Akhondzadeh was quoted by IRNA as saying.
Akhondzadeh said the Islamic Republic is lobbying to host a number of permanent branches of the organization since it has become more active in recent years.
The deputy foreign minister also hailed the organization's positive role as a source of "collaboration and alliance" amongst Muslim Nations.
The three-day meeting of foreign ministers of OIC member started last Tuesday in the Kazakh capital, Astana.
The OIC was established in 1969 in order to provide a collective voice for the Islamic world and safeguard the interests of Muslims.
In recent months, Iran has urged the organization to play an active role regarding the ongoing events in the Middle East.