Iran FM off to New York for Meeting on Palestinians

Published November 26th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi left Tehran on Sunday for New York, where he is to take part in an Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) meeting on ways of supporting the Palestinians. 

The state IRNA news agency said Kharazi would join his counterparts from Malaysia, Morocco, Senegal and Qatar in a planned meeting with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and other officials. 

Official sources in Tehran said the gathering would be a joint UN-OIC effort to discuss the Palestinian situation after the 56-nation Islamic group's summit earlier this month. 

Iran handed over the rotating presidency of the OIC to host Qatar at the summit, where Muslim countries failed to agree on concrete action despite hard-hitting words against Israel's "massacres" of Palestinians. 

Qatar closed its Israeli trade office under pressure over the bloodshed which has left more than 280 people dead in less than two months, most of them Palestinians killed by Israeli fire. 

But the OIC in its final statement said only that it "invites" member states to cut ties with the Jewish state. 

Delegates said the term "requests" was watered down at the insistence of African countries, several of which have ties with the Jewish state and were opposed to a break. 

Iran does not recognize Israel and has welcomed the latest Palestinian Intifada, or uprising, against it -- TEHRAN (AFP)  




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