Foreign ministers from seven Islamic countries meeting in Pakistan have issued a statement calling for diplomacy to end the standoff over Iran's nuclear program.
The statement read on Sunday by Pakistan's foreign minister, Khursheed Kasuri, said there had been a "dangerous escalation of tension" over the nuclear issue, and said there must be no use of force to resolve it.
The foreign ministers of Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are meeting in Pakistan's capital of Islamabad to lay the groundwork for a summit of Muslim leaders in the holy city of Mecca, hosted by Saudi King Abdullah. The date of the summit has not been set.
Pakistan's prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, had earlier told the delegates a Middle east peace depends on a fair solution to the Palestinian problem, in line with the wishes of the Palestinian people.