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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 18:08

Iran deputy FM to attend OIC meeting in Saudi Arabia

Iran deputy FM to attend OIC meeting in Saudi Arabia

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi has set off for Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah to attend an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).


Araqchi left the Iranian capital for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to participate in an OIC ministerial meeting in Jeddah, which will be convened to discuss the recent diplomatic row between Tehran and Riyadh following the January 2 execution of prominent cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Riyadh.

According to a press release by the OIC, foreign ministers and representatives from 40 member states of the organization are expected to attend the meeting on Thursday.

It added that OIC Secretary General Iyad Madani received a letter from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, in which he had called for the emergency meeting.

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran on January 3 following demonstrations held in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in the northeastern city of Mashhad by angry protesters censuring the Al Saud family for the killing of Sheikh Nimr.

Some people mounted the walls of the consulate in Mashhad while incendiary devices were hurled at the embassy in Tehran. Iranian officials strongly denounced the raids and have arrested over 150 people over the incidents.

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