|High-ranking Iranian official to attend OIC summit in Jeddah||
TEHRAN – A high-ranking Iranian Foreign Ministry official will attend the upcoming summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Jeddah.
“Given the importance of the meeting for Iran and the issues which are scheduled to be brought up at the meeting, Iran will make efforts to attend the meeting dispatching the highest ranking Foreign Ministry official after the minister,” Hamid Reza Dehqani, Iran’s ambassador to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, told ISNA on Saturday.
The summit, to be held on June 18 and 19, will discuss issues related to the Muslim world and also the political, social, cultural, and financial issues of the Muslim countries, Dehqani added.
He also noted that as the meeting coincides with the nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will not be able to attend it.
The next round of talks between Iran and the six world powers on resolving the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program will be held in Vienna from June 16 to 20, and Zarif, in his capacity as Iran’s chief negotiator, will have to attend the meetings.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said last month that Riyadh had invited Zarif, hinting at the possibility of a thaw between the two regional rivals.
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