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Muslim States Condemn Iran for Support of Terror

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The leaders of 57 Muslim countries closed their conference with a statement against Iran’s support of terrorism and the Islamic Republic’s interference in the affairs of other Muslim countries.

The leaders, including Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, had gathered in Istanbul to attend a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss pressing issues.

In its final communique, the OIC said in a statement, "The conference deplored Iran's interference in the internal affairs of the States of the region and other member states including Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, and Somalia, and its continued support for terrorism."

The statement also urged “cooperative relations” between Iran and the other Muslim countries, including eschewing the use or threat of force.

A day before the final communique was sent out, Rouhani tried to head off a condemnation of Iran saying, "No message which would fuel division in the Islamic community should come out of the conference." 

At a news conference marking the summit’s closing, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed the need for Muslim unity. "We are Muslims, we will not allow Islam to be divided," he said.

Earlier, a decision was reached by member countries to create a police coordination center in Turkey to foster more cooperation in fighting terrorism.

On the side, Turkey and Saudi Arabia signed a memorandum to create a bilateral cooperation council. Both nations oppose the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Asssad.

Member states also pledged to combat terrorism in all forms and condemned the use of chemical weapons by ISIS. The leaders also condemned the Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah (aligned with Iran and Assad), saying its terror acitivites in Syria, Bahrain, Kuwait and Yemen undermine the security of OIC countries.

Chairing the final session of the summit, Erdogan rued the fact that Muslim countries who are "the heirs of a civilization that was built on columns of peace and justice are being remembered more for wars, armed conflict, sectarianism and terrorism."

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org