Islamic states fully support Iran’s nuclear programme


United Nations : Foreign ministers of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) member states have firmly supported Iran’s peaceful nuclear programme.

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At the end of their annual meeting in New York Wednesday, the foreign ministers in a statement also called for settlement of Iran’s nuclear case through peaceful means.

“The meeting, while reaffirming the inalienable rights of member states, including Iran, without discrimination, to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, as enshrined in the NPT and the statute of the IAEA, called and supported firmly the settlement of all outstanding issues exclusively by peaceful means and through negotiations, without preconditions and in the framework of the IAEA and in accordance with the NPT and the statute of the IAEA.

“It expressed concern over the pressure being mounted on Iran and its potential consequences for peace and security in and outside the region, and expressed its support and solidarity with that country,” said the statement.

The foreign ministers also appreciated Iran’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

It further said, “The meeting rejected any efforts to abuse the Security Council as a tool to pursue certain political and national agendas and stressed the importance of non-selectivity and impartiality in the work of the Council.”

It also “rejected politically motivated attempts to unjustly associate Islam or any Islamic country with terrorism.”

The meeting strongly condemned the statement made by the prime minister of Israel on Dec 11, 2006, in his interview with a German TV channel, in which he publicly admitted the possession of nuclear weapons by Israel, it said.

“The meeting reiterated its rejection of unilateral economic measures and attempts to impose unilateral economic sanctions on member states,” said the statement.

It expressed solidarity with member states that are affected by such unilateral sanctions and requested that they be lifted immediately.