Iran defence minister: Oil pressure to back Palestinians

Published October 18th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iran's defence minister said Tuesday that oil could be used to bring international pressure to help support the Palestinians, the official IRNA news agency reported. Admiral Ali Shamkhani, in a meeting with defence officials, said oil-producing nations could bring about "concrete results" to defend the Palestinians. 

 

"The heads of Islamic countries must use their common political, economic, diplomatic, propaganda, defence and oil capabilities ... to fulfil the needs of the Palestinian intifada (uprising)," he said. 

 

Iran's OPEC representative, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, was quoted in Tuesday's press saying the powerful cartel had no plans to "punish" supporters of Israel by lowering exports to the West. But he warned that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries would be "forced to take action" if the bloodshed continues, the Hambastigi paper reported. 

 

Israeli and Palestinian officials earlier Tuesday reached a ceasefire deal at an emergency Middle East summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. 

 

Iran has opposed the Middle East peace process and does not recognize the Jewish state. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Muslim nations to pave the way for a holy war against Israel. — (AFP) 

 

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