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Thursday 16 August 2012 - 14:21
Story Code : 4410

Minister: Iran against Syria's suspension from OIC

By Al-Manar TV

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Monday said his country was opposed to suspension of Syria's membership in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

"I'm openly against the suspension of the membership of any country, any organization," Salehi told reporters in Jeddah. "By suspending the membership, this does not mean you are moving towards resolving an issue. By this, you are erasing the issue," he said.

"Every country, especially OIC countries must join hands to resolve this issue in such a way that will help the peace security and stability in the region," he added on the eve of an OIC summit in Saudi Arabia.

The secretary general of the OIC, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has told AFP that war-ravaged Syria will not be represented in the summit.

But foreign ministers gathered Monday to prepare the meeting were expected to "announce the suspension of Syria's membership as recommended by member states," Ihsanoglu said.


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