Iran Urges OIC Support for Palestine; Rejects GCC Claims on Islands, Gas Field

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Nasser Kan’ani, emphasized the significance of the upcoming emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), stating that the 57-member bloc faces a critical test amid Israel’s genocidal war on the Gaza Strip. Speaking at a weekly press briefing on Monday, Kan’ani highlighted the urgent need for the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers to show strong support for Palestine during an extraordinary meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Iran (IMNA) - Kan’ani expressed concern over the ongoing conflict, attributing it to the warmongering by Israeli officials and the extensive support from the United States. He called on Muslim leaders to take decisive action to halt the war and defend Palestine. The latest conflict arose after the Palestinian Hamas group retaliated against Israeli atrocities, leading to casualties of at least 30,534 Palestinians, predominantly women and children, with 71,920 others injured.

In response to the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) claims on the Persian Gulf islands of Abu Musa, the Greater, and Lesser Tunbs, Kan’ani reiterated Iran’s sovereignty based on historical, legal, and geographical evidence. He criticized the GCC’s unilateral statements, urging a realistic approach and constructive dialogue to maintain positive regional relations.

Additionally, Kan’ani addressed the GCC Ministerial Council’s assertions regarding the Arash natural gas field, which Iran shares with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. He reaffirmed Iran’s stance based on international law and stressed the need for continued technical and legal discussions with Kuwait.

Furthermore, Kan’ani condemned Israel’s ground invasion of southern Lebanon, attributing the escalating tensions to the regime’s destabilizing actions with the backing of the United States. He held the international community accountable for failing to address Israel’s provocations, emphasizing the need to safeguard regional peace and security.

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