OIC hopes Turkey's PM to back Jerusalem initiative at UNESCO

The OIC chief said the organization had launched an initiative at UNESCO to make Jerusalem a preserved city.

OIC hopes Turkey's PM to back Jerusalem initiative at UNESCO

The head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) said on Wednesday that the Islam world was appreciating Turkish prime minister's initiatives.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the OIC, said Islam world was appreciating personal initiatives of Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan to boost relations among Islam countries, and his all other initiatives.

"Improvement of Turkish-Saudi Arabian relations is of utmost importance for not only us but also the Islam world," Ihsanoglu told a joint press conference with Erdogan at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Ihsanoglu said Erdogan had received King Faisal International Prize for service to Islam with his fruitful contributions to socio-economic development, prosperity, justice and democracy; contributions to taking Turkey among the biggest 20 economies in the world; and his endeavors regarding Islam world's causes particularly the Palestine issue.

The OIC had assumed a significant role regarding the Palestine issue, he said.

Ihsanoglu said the OIC had sent a delegation to the region to reveal the facts in Palestine and to see what could be done there.

The OIC secretary general said the organization had launched an initiative at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to make Jerusalem a preserved city.

Ihsanoglu also said he believed Turkey could support this initiative.

After the press conference, Erdogan proceeded to Mecca and he is expected to return to Turkey later on Wednesday.

The OIC is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensuring to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world.


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