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Iran FM arrives in Astana for OIC meeting
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has arrived in the Kazakh capital Astana to attend an Organization of the Islamic Conference meeting.

The three-day meeting of foreign ministers of OIC member states begins on Tuesday.

Salehi was welcomed by Iran's ambassador to Kazakhstan, Qorban Seifi, and a number of Kazakh officials upon his arrival in Astana on Monday.

The Iranian foreign minister plans to raise a number of issues at the meeting, such as the Islamic Awakening in the Middle East and North Africa, Islamophobia, and the situation in Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

The Islamic awakening began in Tunisia in December 2010, with President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali being forced to step down on January 14, 2011 after 23 years in power.

Then the Egyptians launched a revolution against the regime in January, which eventually brought an end to three decades of authoritarian rule by former President Hosni Mubarak in February.

Revolutions are also underway in Libya, Yemen, and Bahrain, and anti-government demonstrations have been held in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Kuwait, and Algeria.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Salehi will also hold individual talks with some of the foreign ministers attending the gathering.

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