OIC meeting in Cairo to discuss Mali, Syria

Islamic organization chief describes meeting "critically important"

OIC meeting in Cairo to discuss Mali, Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

Leaders of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or OIC, are set to gather on Wednesday in Cairo in a two-day summit meeting amid Mali and Syria crises.

"The summit meeting is of utmost importance as it coincides with an unprecedentedly critical period in the recent past of the Muslim world and in particular the Middle East," OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said.

The gathering is expected to tackle "major conflicts in the Islam world" such as the crises in Mali, and in Syria where the UN says more than 60,000 people have been killed in a civil war since March 2011.

The summit meeting will bring together 26 leaders of the OIC's 57 member countries, and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will assume the rotating helm of the organization.

The meeting was supposed to take place in 2011 but the regional uprisings in four Arab countries delayed the OIC summit, Ihsanoglu said.

Ihsanoglu said the meeting wold provide a chance to leaders "to coordinate positions and support the states' sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Last Mod: 04 Şubat 2013, 11:30
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