Iran’s Nuances has learned that the previously scheduled emergency meeting of the leaders of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Palestine, set for Sunday, November 12, will now convene on the afternoon of Saturday, November 11 in Riyadh. It has been confirmed that President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran will journey to Saudi Arabia to take part in this pivotal summit.
On Tuesday, November 7, Iran Nuances disclosed details regarding the imminent emergency gathering of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s leaders to address the situation in Gaza, along with the announcement of the Iranian president’s attendance in Saudi Arabia for this event. Subsequently, on Thursday, November 9, the political deputy of Iran’s presidential office corroborated the news on Raisi’s upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia for the organization’s summit.
Furthermore, Alireza Enayati, Iran’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, recently conveyed a message via the social network platform, Twitter, stating, “An extraordinary meeting of the heads of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will convene in Riyadh within the next two days to advocate for Palestine and denounce the actions of the Zionist regime.”
Enayati’s communication confirmed the mission of the expert team from Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Riyadh to review the summit’s document.
The forthcoming extraordinary meeting of the heads of the OIC member countries is a significant and highest-level gathering dedicated to addressing the ongoing conflict in the occupied territories among Islamic nations, with Iran’s participation.
In addition to the primary meeting and the assembly of heads of the Organization of Islamic States, the potential for meetings and bilateral consultations among the heads of Islamic countries on the sidelines of this gathering will be provided to facilitate further coordination regarding the Gaza issue.
The level of participation from other OIC member countries remains to be clarified. Alongside Iran, other influential nations including Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, UAE, Algeria, and the Republic of Azerbaijan are also anticipated to participate in the emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, with a likelihood of most of them being represented at the leadership level, particularly given the concurrent occurrence of the Arab League summit in Saudi Arabia.
Additionally, Islamic countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia are poised to attend, having recently witnessed large-scale rallies in support of Palestine.
Given the heightened sensitivity of global public opinion, particularly within Islamic societies, expectations for the OIC summit have escalated. Consequently, the type and extent of each delegation’s participation and their respective positions can indicate the level of governmental interest in the Palestinian cause and their support for halting the attacks on Gaza. Furthermore, public opinion across the Islamic world will scrutinize the quality of member countries’ participation and the outcomes of the summit. Moreover, the summit’s conclusions may encompass regional and international implications.
It is anticipated that consultations among Islamic countries, and possibly with select Western nations, will intensify today and tomorrow, leading up to the convening of the leaders’ meeting, as efforts are made to influence the summit’s proceedings. Since the conflict’s onset, Western nations, particularly the United States, have cast a shadow over the determination of many Arab countries to adopt a firm stance against Israel, purportedly in pursuit of resolving the crisis.
Prior to the impending gathering, an extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation was convened in Jeddah on October 18. In the statement issued following the foreign ministers’ meeting of OIC member countries, the cessation of hostilities against Palestine was emphasized, and the international community was called upon to provide humanitarian aid, medical supplies, emergency relief, water and electricity, and to promptly reopen secure crossings for the delivery of urgent assistance to the Gaza Strip.