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Iran calls Syria OIC suspension ‘unjust’
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_th_img_HAGH1214.jpgTEHRAN - Iran on Thursday expressed its strong disapproval of a decision by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to suspend Syria’s membership, calling the move "unfair and unjust."
"Syria should have been invited to the summit to defend itself," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told IRNA on the sidelines of the OIC summit in Mecca.
Salehi said Iran opposed the decision "because this is against the very charter of the organization."
The Mecca summit was called by Saudi King Abdullah, whose country is supporting Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's government.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad participated in the meeting which was held on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tehran has launched a campaign to facilitate talks between the opposition groups and the Syrian government.
Iran has insisted that dialogue is the only viable solution to the Syrian crisis. Iran has also said the Damascus government must respond to the legitimate demands of the Syrian people.
"In our opinion, cooperation is more logical (than suspension)," Salehi said.
Instead of suspending Syria "we should seek a mechanism to exit the Syrian crisis, through which the opposition and the government engage in talks to create favorable conditions (to end the crisis)," the top diplomat said.

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