Islamic countries' FMs to discus Islamophobia

The increasing Western hostility to Islam in the wake of Sept. 11 will be discussed between foreign ministers representing the member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) when they gather in Pakistan this May.

Islamic countries' FMs to discus Islamophobia
The increasing Western hostility to Islam in the wake of Sept. 11 will be discussed between foreign ministers representing the member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) when they gather in Pakistan this May.

The OIC will meet between May 15 and May 17 in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad to discus regional problems and problems faced by the Islamic world. OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ýhsanoðlu, who was in Ankara this week for an official visit, has discussed the OIC's activities in detail with Turkish representatives. Ýhsanoðlu met separately with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül. Ankara gave its full support to Secretary-General Ýhsanoðlu.

The focus was on the Mecca Document, aiming at the OIC's restructuring and the end of sectarian conflicts in Iraq. In aim to enable easier implementation of the document, the OIC plans to open an office in Baghdad. This issue was agreed during Ýhsanoðlu's talks in Riyadh with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

Meanwhile, the agenda of Islamabad meeting of OIC foreign ministers has been determined. The foreign ministers will start discussions with Iraq and Palestine regional issues and will have a "brainstorming" session on the issue of Islamophobia, which will mark a first for discussion of the matter on this level. OIC member countries will focus on what should be done to overcome the problem. This meeting will also include the assessment of the meeting of seven OIC members that met at Islamabad in the month of February at the initiative of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

Muslim peacekeepers in Iraq

Some important decisions were made at the "reconstructing Iraq" meeting attended by clerics this week in the Indonesian city of Bogor. Clerics urged for an end to the sectarian conflict in Iraq and underlined that the problem in Iraq could be solved by "military methods."

Calling for the withdrawal of US-led forces in Iraq, the statement published by the clerics proposed that a peacekeeping force comprising soldiers from Arab and Muslim countries should be built up in Iraq. In this proposal, supported by the OIC, it is foreseen that these Muslim soldiers would be carrying out their duties supervised by the OIC and the UN. OIC Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ambassador Izzet Mufti attended the Bogor meeting on behalf of the OIC.
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