Iran’s Zarif due in Switzerland, Malaysia soon

Tasnim– Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is slated to pay official visits to Switzerland and Malaysia later this week.

Zarif will travel to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur to participate in the upcoming emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) about the Rohingya Muslim crisis.

The foreign ministers of the OIC member states are expected to attend the January 19 meeting, which will be led by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who recently called on Myanmar to stop the “genocide” of Rohingya Muslims.

In recent months, human rights groups have expressed deep concern over reports of killings, rapes, arbitrary arrests and other violations in villages predominantly occupied by Rohingya in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State amid military operations launched after fatal attacks on police stations Oct. 9.

They have called for independent investigations into the initial attacks, ongoing operations and reported rights abuses in the area, which has been under military lockdown ever since.

Before his trip to Malaysia, the Iranian foreign minister will pay a short visit to Switzerland to take part in the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum due to be held in Davos from Tuesday to Friday.