Iran’s anger over condemnation of terrorism

Iran was shocked by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) final summit communiqué lambasting Tehran’s interference in the region and Hezbollah’s terrorism. Iranian officials sharply criticized the OIC and claimed that the organization has been hijacked by certain countries.

Meanwhile, Iran’s foreign affairs minister reminded Islamic countries – which had approved the communiqué – of the fate of Saddam Hussein and Tariq Aziz. Iran routinely responds to attempts to condemn violence and terrorism by making threats. Several Iranian figures from the foreign ministry echoed: “You will regret!”

Inciting statements

The OIC also rejected “Iran’s inciting statements regarding the execution of judicial decisions made against perpetrators of terrorist crimes in Saudi Arabia and considered those statements as flagrant interference in Saudi Arabia’s internal affairs and a contravention of the United Nations Charter, the OIC Charter and all international conventions.”

Most Islamic countries have a strong desire to fight terrorism. Fighting violence and eliminating militias have topped the agenda during Saudi King Salman’s meetings with Arab and Islamic leaders

Turki Al-Dakhil

Most Islamic countries have a strong desire to fight terrorism. Fighting violence and terrorism and eliminating militias have topped the agenda during Saudi King Salman’s meetings with Arab and Islamic leaders and presidents. Iran, however, was upset because terrorists who blow up buildings, embassies and consulates were condemned.

We are faced with two parallel projects that never intersect: the project of the state, moderation and tolerance led by Saudi Arabia and the project of violence, terrorism and establishing militias led by Iran. The world must choose: life or death.
 

This article was first published by Okaz on Apr. 18, 2016.
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Turki Al-Dakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.
 

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