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OIC Welcomes Framework Agreement on Iran’s Nuclear Issue

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(Jeddah-AlummahWorld, 16 Jumada ath Thaniyah 1436, 05 April 2015) The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, has welcomed today, Saturday 4 April 2015, the framework agreement reached in Lausanne between the world’s six major powers, collectively known as the P5 + 1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran on Tehran's nuclear issue; and expressed the hope that a final agreement would be reached within the declared points of reference and timetable.

While the Secretary General hailed the negotiated deal as a diplomatic breakthrough in the protracted stand-off over Iran's nuclear program, he underlined the OIC's position on the need to respect the inalienable right of developing countries to engage in the research, production, and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination and in accordance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Madani reiterated the OIC's support for the establishment in the Middle East, of a nuclear-weapon-free zone (MENWFZ) as a basic requirement for the stability and security of all the countries of the region. MENWFZ, along with the Arab Peace Initiative, represent an integrated and comprehensive approach towards a region where peace prevails, conflicts recedes, and radicalization fades. That will require the international community's ability to muster the political will to deal with the unchecked Israeli arsenal of atomic weapons and bring Israel to the community of nations, he added.

The Secretary General highlighted the support of the OIC towards nuclear disarmament and elimination of other weapons of mass destruction (WMD); restating his call for the resolution of proliferation through political and diplomatic means within the framework of international law, relevant multilateral conventions and treaties and the United Nations Charter. He emphasized that progress in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, in all its aspects, was essential to strengthen international peace and security.