CAIRO, Feb 4 (KUNA) -- Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu stressed on Monday that the 12th OIC
Summit, scheduled to be held on February 6-7 in Cairo, comes under challenging
circumstances faced in the Islamic world where the only solution to overcome
these challenges are economic and political cooperation.
Ihsanoglu emphasized during his opening speech at the preparatory meeting
of Foreign Ministers of member states of OIC that this year's summit should
focus on adopting clear strategies to support the Palestinian cause, to lift
the siege on Gaza, to put an end to the unrest in Mali, the ivory coast and
He also noted that Islamic countries should look into dealing with many
problems faced in Afghanistan, Somalia, and the Muslim minorities in Myanmar,
South of Thailand and the Philippines.
OIC chief said that one of the main issues that should be tackled in the
upcoming summit is the phenomenon of Islamic extremism and violence done in
the name of religion.
He said that the summit should highlight means of promoting Islamic joint
cooperation that would secure a place of honor for Islam and Muslims across
Meanwhile, Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohammad Kamel Amr reiterated the
importance of establishing joint economic and political cooperation amongst
Muslim countries to face present challenges and stressed the necessity of
formulating joint efforts on how to negate unfavorable concepts against Islam
and Islamic communities.
The summit would also provide an opportunity to discuss working toward
establishing a Mass Destruction Weapon-Free Zone in Middle East, The Egyptian
minister noted. (pick up previous)
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