Iran condemns Jeddah statement

TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) – Iranian foreign ministry spokesman condemned the 11-article statement of OIC in Jeddah meeting where the Iranian representative was absent due to Saudis' refusal to grant visa to the Iranian diplomat.

“The representatives from the Islamic Republic of Iran cannot attend the meetings of the permanent members of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as Saudi Arabia refuses to grant visa to them, and these kinds of statements are issued under the pressure posed by Saudi Arabia in an unfair and partial manner,” said Bahram Ghasemi, the Spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign affairs, on Thursday.

His remarks came after the Permanent Representatives' Meeting of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, held at the headquarters of the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah, called on Iran to stop supplying Yemenis with ballistic missiles; an accusation that Iran has repeatedly dismissed as unfounded.

“The states carrying out aggression against Yemen are responsible for the humanitarian crisis of the last years which have been accompanied by daily slaughter of the defenseless people of Yemen with the aggressors’ most advanced military purchases and the total destruction of infrastructures in this country,” said Ghasemi.

He then censured the Saudi-led coalition which are “covering up their crimes and deviating the world's public opinion by issuing such worthless statements and abusing regional and international institutions and mechanism.”

“Issuing such statements under the banner of and by abusing the creditably of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) not only creates distrust between the member states and is a waste of their capitals and capacities, but it also ruins the use and functionality of the Organization to deal with the major problems of the Islamic World and undermines the international status of the Organization,” he asserted.

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