World Bulletin / News Desk
Foreign ministers who convened in Jeddah ahead of an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) discussed Syria and problems of Muslims in Myanmar.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu informed participants on his talks in Myanmar and Turkey's assistance to the region in the meeting.
Final declaration and four draft resolutions prepared by OIC officials will be presented to leaders in the extraordinary meeting of OIC that will be held in Mecca on Tuesday evening. The main topics in the final declaration are Syria, Myanmar, Mali, Palestine and Jerusalem.
The draft resolution about Syria confirmed that Syria's unity, sovereignty, independency and territorial integrity must be preserved, condemning bloodshed there. It highlighted that Syrian government was responsible for violence and bloodshed, urging end of violence and killings in the country.
The draft resolution about Myanmar called on the government of Myanmar to pursue a policy of reconciliation and rehabilitation covering all ethnical and religious components.
OIC SECRETARY GENERAL EXPRESSES HIS DEEP SADNESS FOR SYRIA
OIC chief, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has expressed his sadness for Syria where the regime forces and opposition groups have been fighting for almost 17 months.
Speaking at the OIC's extraordinary summit meeting in Mecca on Tuesday, Ihsanoglu said that Syria was having a journey in a tunnel with no light at its end.
"Unfortunately, Syria is experiencing a state of pitched battle that OIC has persistently has warned about. This is a result of turning a blind eye to people's rightful demands," said Ihsanoglu.
Ihsanoglu also said that they had been seeing sharp curving in the world of Islam.
Ihsanoglu called on the international community to take steps against what Israel has been doing in Jerusalem.
"Holy city Jerusalem has been witnessing hazardous attacks, particularly targeting the Islam identity at an unprecedented scale," said Ihsanoglu.
Ihsanoglu also called on the international community to assist Rohingya Muslims who are facing hard living conditions at the refugee camps in Bangladesh after escaping violence against them by Myanmar authorities due to their religion and ethnic identity.
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