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Israel sole beneficiary of regional tensions: OIC chief
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:41PM
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The secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) says the Israeli regime is the sole regional entity that benefits from tensions and conflicts in the Middle East.

In a meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to OIC Hamid Reza Dehqani, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu expressed deep concern about the ongoing developments in the region.

“The situation of Islamic world is highly worrying and no Muslim country in the region benefits from it. It is only the Zionist regime [of Israel] that benefits from it,” he stressed.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the OIC chief also hailed Iran’s recent presidential vote and the election of Hassan Rohani as the new president of the Islamic Republic.

He expressed hope that Iran-OIC cooperation would further strengthen and promote in all sectors under the new Iranian administration.

The Iranian diplomat, for his part, expressed concern about continued violence as well as religious rifts among different Islamic sects in the region.

Regarding Iran’s recent presidential election, Dehqani said the high voter turnout of Iranians had created a political epic for the Islamic Republic. He also appreciated Ihsanoglu’s congratulatory message to the Iranian president-elect.

Rohani won Iran’s June 14 presidential election with 18,613,329 votes, or 50.7 percent of a total of 36,704,156 ballots.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to participate in the presidential election. The voter turnout in the election was 72.7 percent, according to the Interior Ministry.

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