JEDDAH, 4th January, 2016 (WAM) — The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, has denounced attacks on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and the Consulate in Mashhad, calling for the need to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 and International Law that protects the inviolability of diplomatic missions.

The General Secretariat expressed its support for the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in combating terrorism and violent extremism. It also confirmed its commitment and adherence to the OIC Charter that requires “strictly adhering to the principle of non-interference in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state” and to the principle of “non-interference in matters which are within their domestic jurisdiction”.

The General Secretariat emphasised the importance of boosting relations of cooperation and brotherhood among OIC Member States, working on concerted efforts in the face of common challenges, combating terrorism, extremist ideology and confronting the risks of sectarian division. It also urged for acting together to unify ranks, speaking as one and bridging gaps in points of view as well as stressing on what unites the Muslim world of common goals and values.