Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi is set to take part in the ministerial meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the East African country of Djibouti. Salehi will leave Tehran for Djibouti on Monday to attend the 39th meeting of the OIC foreign ministers which is due to be held on November 15-17 in the African country. Issues such as Islamophobia, the plight of Palestinians, and the rise of the anti-Islamic far right prejudice in Europe will be discussed at the meeting.
In their last meeting in September on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the OIC foreign ministers issued a joint statement, calling on governments around the world "to take all appropriate measures, including necessary legislation against these acts that lead to incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence.”The foreign ministers of the 57-nation bloc issued the statement in response to a blasphemous movie produced in the United States and a French magazine’s publication of cartoons that insult Islam and Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). In September, the US-made movie Innocence of Muslims, which insulted Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), sparked outrage across the Muslim world. The anti-Islam movie triggered days of huge demonstrations across Iran, Turkey, Sudan, Egypt, Yemen, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Morocco, Syria, Kuwait, Nigeria, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Australia, Britain, the United States, France, Belgium, Australia and some other countries. MYA/HMV/HJL