Skip to comments.UPDATE 2-Syria to be suspended from int'l Islamic body -diplomat
Posted on 08/13/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a diplomat said on Monday ahead of an emergency OIC summit in Mecca.
"The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles ... It will be approved," said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit, which was called by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah earlier this month.
Iran, which has backed the government of President Bashar al-Assad in his response to the uprising, and has accused the OIC summit hosts Saudi Arabia of assisting the rebels, said it opposed the resolution.
"By suspending membership, this does not mean that you are moving toward resolving an issue. This means that you are erasing the issue. We want to really resolve the issue," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi to reporters in Jeddah.
His comments pointed towards a diplomatic showdown in Mecca between some Sunni Muslim states, including Saudi Arabia, and Shi'ite Muslim Iran -- a reflection of heightened sectarian tensions across the region.
The OIC, a body comprising 56 member states plus the Palestinian Authority, aims to represent Muslim interests on the world stage...
Iran has also pushed for the summit to address the continued uprising in Bahrain, where some Saudi troops went last year at the invitation of the Sunni monarchy to help quell mass protests by the tiny island state's Shi'ite majority.
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Appears to be MB approved.
yep, once Milton Bradley gets hold of Iran; Iran is toast.
Just having the pink pegs and the blue pegs in the same little plastic car could result in a fatwa or worse.
I cannot discuss the price of gas. It leaves me exhausted!
Yeah, it’ll be go directly to jail, do not pass go...
It makes me fume.
I use a bottle of toilet water a day. Comes out fresh from the bowl.