Jan 31, 2016, 6:32 PM
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Indonesia distances itself from OIC statement on Iran

Kuala Lumpur, Jan 31, IRNA – Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said on Sunday that the Indonesian government distanced itself from OIC statement about Iran.

He made the remarks in his press briefing.

Nasir said that as it is clear, the OIC statement was bias in favour of the Saudi Arabia by accusing Iran of interference in domestic affairs of other states, especially Saudi Arabia about execution of Sheikh Nimr.

He said that the Indonesian foreign minister, in the meeting of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation last week, tried to encourage dialogue between Iran and Saudi Arabia to improve ties of the two neighbors in the framework of the OIC.

But draft of Jeddah statement was prepared by the Saudi Arabia and the Indonesian government found it as a look to the past not supporting political dialogue, so it lacked the resolve to develop friendship in the region.

Indonesia insisted that the need to embark on diplomatic negotiations must be included in the statement, but, it did not happen in the context of the statement.

'Indonesian government believes that the statement lacked a look to future.'

Extraordinary meeting of OIC foreign ministers was held in Jeddah on January 21, 2016 upon request of the Saudi Arabia.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi visited Tehran and Riyadh early January to mediate between the two governments.