On Monday, Iranian President Dr. Ahmadinejad arrived in Medina on King Abdullah’s invitation to attend the extraordinary meeting of Ordanization of the Islamic cooperation (OIC) representing 57 Muslim majority countries. The meeting is scheduled for August 14-15 in Makkah.
President Ahmadinejad is accompanied by Supreme Leader’s Advisor for International Affairs Ali-Akbar Velayati, President’s senior advisor Mojtaba Samareh-Hashemi, Head of Presidential Office Esfandiar Rahim Mashaee and Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.
“We hope that this conference which is highly important for the Muslim world will pursue empathy among Islamic countries and wean off grudge and hatred among them,” Ahmadinejad said before leaving Tehran for Saudi Arabia on Monday morning. Ahmadinejad also said on Monday his country opposed the expected suspension of Syria’s membership in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), ahead of a key meeting of the body. King Abdullah, along with Turkey, Qatar, UAE and Jordan, most probably, have called the extraordinary OIC meeting to expel Syria from OIC. Last year, Saudi-Qatar regimes had bribed Arab League (AL) member-states to suspend Syria’s membership in the organization.
Looking the past and current record of several Muslim regimes which have been waging westerm proxy wars in the Muslim world – Ahmadinejad’s above statement is a ‘wishful thinking’. Former Indian diplomat MK Bhadrakumar in a recent article wrote that Saudis are trying their best to isolate Iran. “The main worry for the Saudis is that if Egypt, the biggest and most powerful Sunni Arab country, mends fences with Iran, the entire geopolitical thesis built around a contrived Sunni-Shi’ite sectarian schism which the US-Israeli-Saudi axis has been expounding as the centre-piece of the Arab Spring, would flounder,” wrote MK Bhadrakumar on August 6, 2012.
As far as the role of OIC is concerned, I could not have said better than Raja Mujtaba, editor ‘Opinion Maker’ website – who wrote: “OIC is an appology of the Muslim World; it only follows the dictates of the Zionist Masters who manipulate it as they wish“.
This month, Ahmadinejad has three international forums to reach out to foreign countries and explain to their leaders the US-Israeli fitna the Muslim world is facing. Last week, Iran held its own 28-nation international conference on Syria attended mostly by ambassadors from like-minded countries, with several foreign ministers. Saudi Arabia was not present. The conference attracted more foreign countries than US-Israel sponsored ‘Friends of Syria’conference in Tunisia and Turkey in the past. This week Ahmadinejad will be talking with leaders from 57 Muslim nation-states at the OIC meeting in Makkah. At the end of this month, Ahmadinejad will be the host at another international gathering: a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which groups 120 countries considering themselves independent of any of the world’s major power blocs. United Nations secretary-general Ki-moon will also attend the NAM meeting. Ahmadinejad is to head the organization for the next 12-month.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tenku Mahathir Mohammed, in 2004 IOC summit held in Putrajaya, Malaysia had blamed US-Israel for turning the so-called ‘War on Terror’ into ‘War on Islam’ for the benefit of the Zionist entity.
“The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the unabashed support for Israel, and the pressure exerted on Syria and Iran, are instances that have convinced the majority of the international community, about the malevolent intentions of the current dispensation in the White House,” said Mahathir. He also spoke of the great influnce the Jewish-Israel lobby groups exert in Washington’s corridors of power.
In 2006, Iran’s Supreme Leaders Ayatullah Ali Khameini in a meeting with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated the exigency of using the potentials of OIC for resolving the Muslim world’s problems.