Iran objects to OIC’s draft declaration
Baku, Azerbaijan, April 14
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has objected against "anti-Iran and anti-Lebanese Hezbollah" articles included in a draft declaration of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Foreign Minister Zarif has described Saudi efforts to include four paragraphs in the draft declaration against Iran and one more against Hezbollah against the "spirit of Islamic solidarity", IRNA news agency reported.
Zarif further added that the Saudi move to draft "anti-Hezbollah and anti-Iran" paragraphs serves the interests of Israel.
According to Iranian media reports, the draft was prepared during an expert-level OIC meeting in February in the Saudi port city of Jaddah, which the Iranian officials failed to attend as they were denied visas by Riyadh.
Iranian media outlets have also suggested that Saudi representatives foiled Zarif's efforts to discuss the article during the meeting of the foreign ministers of the OIC April 13.
The OIC meeting brings together leaders from more than 30 states to discuss a range of issues, including regional issues as well as recent confrontations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took part in the meeting of the OIC foreign ministers on April 12.