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Iran’s first deputy FM will attend OIC summit in Jeddah
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_at1(164).jpgTEHRAN – Iranian First Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia to attend the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah, Iran’s representative to the organization announced on Monday.
 
Hamid Reza Dehqani told the Mehr News Agency that since Foreign Minister Moammad Javad Zarif will be engaged in nuclear negotiations with the world powers, the highest ranking official after him, Mr. Sarmadi, will attend the summit on June 18 and 19.
 
Iran and the six world powers will hold the next round of talks in Vienna from June 16 to 20 aimed at resolving the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program, 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 to the summit, hinting at the possibility of a thaw between the two regional rivals.
 
Dehqani noted that OIC Secretary General Iyad bin Amin Madani as well as the Saudi foreign minister had sent invitation letters to all foreign ministers of Muslim countries.
 
The OIC, according to its website, is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which consists of 57 member states. The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and works to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony.
 
MT/PA

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