Arab body calls for expulsion of Iran from Islamic Organizations

The debris of a missile fired by Iranian-back Houthi militia after it was shot down before it reached Makkah by the Saudi air force. (Arab News photo)
Updated 21 November 2016
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Arab body calls for expulsion of Iran from Islamic Organizations

The Council of Gulf International Relations "COGIR" has called Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States in particular and Arab and Islamic states to take harshest resolutions against Iran, including its expulsion from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) due to its harmful acts against Islamic unity, its attempts to split the Islamic solidarity and weaken it in front of the world in addition to its sponsorship of terrorism in all its forms and planting the culture of sectarianism and betrayal among Muslims.
The Council also stressed that Tehran's instigation of its agents in Yemen to target Makkah showed the Muslim world the hatred of this country against the holiest sanctities of Muslims and its indifference to those sanctities.
This was announced by the President of COGIR and Chairman of its Arab Society for Press and Freedom of Information. Dr. Tariq Al Sheikhan.


Gulf Arab states should be party to proposed Iran treaty talks - UAE official

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Gulf Arab states should be party to proposed Iran treaty talks - UAE official

CAIRO: Washington’s Gulf Arab allies should be included in proposed treaty negotiations with Iran over its ballistic missile program and regional behavior, a senior Emiriati official said on Thursday.
Brian Hook, US special envoy for Iran, said on Wednesday the United States is seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran to include Tehran’s ballistic missiles and its regional behavior.
Iran has rejected US attempts to hold high-level talks since President Donald Trump tore up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers earlier this year.
Anwar Gargash, United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, described Hook’s comments as “important.”
“It is essential that the Gulf Arab states be a party to the proposed negotiations. It is prudent for Tehran to avoid sanctions and to take these proposals seriously,” he tweeted.
The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain swiftly backed Trump’s decision in May to withdraw from the nuclear accord and reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
The Gulf Arab states were not party to the nuclear accord, and while they were consulted by Western powers during the talks that led up to it, they played no direct role in those negotiations.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listed a dozen demands in May that he said could make up a new agreement, although Hook referred to a treaty, which would have to be approved by the US Senate.