Thursday, August 19, 2004

Iranian parliament calls on OIC to pay attention to Iraq

Iranian parliament calls on OIC to pay attention to Iraq 2004-08-19 19:42:12

TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Iranian Parliament Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel on Thursday called on the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to pay attention to the recent armed conflicts in Iraq, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"The continuation of vicious attacks on Iraq, particularly the holy city of Najaf, has caused a lot of damage in the country and led to the deaths of many innocent people," Adel said in a messageto the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC.

"Iranian Parliament strongly condemns the inhuman actions against the Iraqi people. It calls on the union as well as its member states to explore all possible ways to protect the oppressed Iraqi nation," the message said.

Iran has kept a close eye on the situation in its west neighbor since the downfall of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. On Tuesday, Adel called on Islamic countries to probe into the recent developments in Najaf.

Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on Wednesday urged Iraq's neighbors to convene an emergency meeting to discuss the current unrest in Iraq.

The United States accused Tehran of interfering in Iraq's internal affairs, especially exerting influence on Iraqi majority Shiite Muslims.

Iran denied the US accusation and, instead, attributed the violence in Iraq to the military presence of the United States and other foreign countries.


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