Country leaders prepare to pose for a picture during the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 11, 2023.

Iran Claims Its Diplomacy Against Israel Succeeded In Islamic Summit

Monday, 11/13/2023

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman claimed that Saturday's Islamic summit was a success due to “Iran's diplomatic efforts and Saudi Arabia's good cooperation.”

Nasser Kanaani said during a briefing on Monday that “The diplomatic efforts of Iran to mobilize the Arab and Islamic countries and draw the public's attention to the crimes of the Zionist regime have been successful.”

After closed-door negotiations in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, the summit concluded with a statement calling for a an immediate ceasefire, an arms embargo against Israel and condemning its aggression in Gaza. Despite this, no concrete plan of action was provided nor did the statement address Gaza's possible future scenarios.

Despite condemning Israel's actions in Gaza and demanding an end to the war, Arab and Muslim leaders' meetings highlighted their differing opinions.

Iran and Syria saw their efforts to impose punitive economic and political measures on Israel rejected by other Muslim states and excluded from the final resolution passed on Saturday.

Iranian calls for severing relations with Israel and declaring the Israeli army a "terrorist organization" were ignored as those Arab nations that have diplomatic relations with Israel pushed back, stressing the importance of maintaining open lines of communication with Netanyahu's government.

Since Hamas mounted a surprise ground and rocket attack on numerous Israeli targets on October 7th, killing about 1,200 Israelis, mostly civilians, there has been a massive retaliation against the enclave. Gaza officials say so far more than 11,000 residents have been killed, including children, a figure that cannot be independently verified.

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