1997 Public Statement

Tehran Islamic Summit communiqué

Muslim world leaders have deplored the continuation of the Israeli occupation of Arab territories, in particular Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and South Lebanon; and saluted the struggle of the Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese against the Israeli occupation.

The final communiqué issued by the Muslim leaders at the end of their Eighth Summit Conference yesterday, known as the Tehran Declaration, called for the liberation of all occupied Arab territories and the restoration of usurped Palestinian rights.  The communiqué deplored the expansionist policy of Israel, the building of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories and changing the characteristics of Jerusalem.

The communiqué called on Israel to refrain from practicing its terrorist policy that runs counter to moral and legal principles.  It also called for making the Middle East region free from all kinds of nuclear and mass-killing weapons and urged Israel to join the Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty.  The Muslim leaders reiterated their determination to work for the liberation of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque and the restoration of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.

The communiqué reiterated the solidarity of the Muslim Nation with the Bosnian people.  It deplored the continuation of violent acts in Afghanistan and underscored the importance of dialogue among the Afghan conflicting factions.  The communique deplored the Armenian aggression on Azerbaijan and called for the withdrawal of  Armenian forces from the occupied territories.

The communiqué expressed support for the people of  Kashmir and Jamu and  their struggle to obtain the right to self-determination in line with United Nations Resolutions.  The communique deplored all kinds of terrorism and said killing of innocent people runs counter to the teachings of Islam.  The communique urged the countries of the world to refrain from lodging or assisting terrorist elements and to take the required measures for dismantling the networks that support terrorists; but, the communique pointed out the need to differentiate between terrorism and the struggle of nations against foreign occupation.

The communiqué reiterated the pledge of the Muslim leaders to extend support to  Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries in collaboration with their governments and underscored the importance of recognition of the religious, political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights of these minorities.

The communiqué also reiterated the determination of the Muslim leaders to carry out the principles and goals of the convention of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) pertaining to the unity and solidarity of the Muslim Nation, protection of Islamic values and principles, and working for the realization of the ambitions of the Muslim nations as well as the realization of balanced and comprehensive development.
The communiqué reiterated the importance of preservation of the Muslim Nation’s identity.
The communiqué expressed its confidence that Iran under the leadership of Khaminai and Khatami will lead the OIC in the proper direction and will support its activities to promote security of the Muslim nations.
The communiqué confirmed the determination of the Muslim leaders to work for enhancing the pillars of solidarity, peace and security in the Muslim world and conducting consultations on security cooperation.  A team of experts has been assigned to prepare suitable recommendations on the practical strategies and measures that could be taken for the realization of this goal.

The communiqué noted that establishment of the Islamic common market constitutes an important step in the path of Islamic solidarity and enhancing the portion of the Muslim world in international trade.

A team of experts has been assigned to prepare a study on the practical steps that could be taken for confronting and correcting all kinds of misunderstandings about Islam, the religion of peace and freedom.

The communiqué underlined the importance of balanced development in the political, social, economic, cultural and scientific spheres and called Muslim countries to work for enhancing their role in the international economic order.

The communiqué deplored the policy of implementing local laws outside of a country, and encouraged countries to treat the D’Amato law  as null and void. 

The communiqué underlined the importance of environmental cooperation among Muslim countries and their coordination at the international level in this respect. 

The communiqué noted that participation of Muslim countries in the management of international affairs constitutes a major element for enhancing global peace and security.  The communique called upon the OIC’s Secretariat General to work to facilitate effective consultation and coordination among the Muslim countries at all international forums.  It also called for extending support to the OIC and working for activation of its role as well as working for reforming the statutes and regulations of the OIC.

Muslim leaders reiterated the importance of respecting the sovereignty of OIC member states, the safety of their territories and national independence, and they deplored resorting to force or threat and interference in the domestic affairs of other countries.  The remarks came in the context of the discussion of the code of conduct governing relations among Muslim countries.

The statement deplored the violation of internationally recognized borders and called for settlement of all disputes through peaceful means and dialogue.  It also called for self-control in cases of disputes so as to pave the way for a positive atmosphere for settlement.  The statement reiterated the right of the nations under colonial rule and foreign hegemony to self-determination.

The statement called for cooperation in line with international law and United Nations conventions, protection and preservation of the environment as well as combating terrorism and drug trafficking.  The statement deplored unilateral legislation or putting pressure in a manner that contradicts the spirit of the agreement of the International Trade Organization or any other international trade system that is based on permanent principles.
The statement underlined the importance of enhancing cooperation among the Muslim countries in line with the noble principles of Islam and the joint vision for the importance of enhancing global peace and security and the realization of development and prosperity.