Iran's foreign minister calls for oil embargo against Israel

AP , Wednesday 18 Oct 2023

Iran’s top diplomat is calling on Muslim nations to expel their Israeli ambassadors and launch an oil embargo on Israel after an explosion at a hospital in the Gaza Strip.

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File Photo: Iran s foreign minister calls for oil embargo against Israel. AFP


The comments Wednesday by Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian mark the first time an oil embargo has been discussed as Israel wages war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip after its unprecedented Oct. 7 attack.

“We expect the Islamic countries that have diplomatic relations with the Zionist regime to cut off their relations immediately and expel the Israeli ambassador from their country,” Amirabdollahian said in a clip aired by state television in Iran.

“Secondly, the export of oil to the country of Israel and any project that exists between any Muslim state and Israel must be stopped immediately.”

There was no immediate acknowledgment of the call by Israel or any other nation.

Amirabdollahian made the call while in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for an emergency meeting of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

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