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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moslem Group Visits

MOSCOW -- The head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference thanked Russia on Monday for letting a delegation visit Chechnya, but said Russia's use of force in the region was disproportionate and should be stopped.

Kamal Kharrazi, foreign minister of Iran, which holds the OIC'S rotating chairmanship, told reporters after meeting Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov that Moscow's military drive "has not been a proportionate response" to the threat in Chechnya. The military campaign should be halted to prevent further civilian casualties, he said.