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Publish Date: 08 February 2013 - 11:40
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The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu warned against the growing phenomenon of extremism and violence in a wide region of the Muslim world.
In his statement at the opening session of the Foreign Ministers meeting in Cairo, Egypt today, Monday, February 4, 2013, which precedes the 12th Islamic Summit Conference, Ihsanoglu called the Member States to work side by side to eradicate extremism, reminding them of the Ten-Year Program of Action adopted at the Third Extraordinary Islamic Summit in Makkah in 2005, which called for moderation.

The Secretary General pointed out that the OIC has become an active partner in international fora and an important player on Islamic issues, stressing that the OIC’s activities could progress more if it gets greater support from the Member States. He also stressed that the OIC’s achievements prove that it is now standing on solid ground and has become indispensable.

Ihsanoglu said that the this Summit is being held at a critical time for the Muslim world and stressed on the importance of Islamic solidarity underlined in the Ten-Year Program of Action and the OIC charter.

He pointed to the challenges facing the Muslim world, at the forefront of which the Palestinian issue, and in this regard called for adopting a clear strategy on defending Al-Quds.

On the other hand, Ihsanoglu reiterated the OIC’s solidarity with Mali, expressing his support to its efforts in preserving its sovereignty on all its territory and reiterated his support to the African-led forces.

Ihsanoglu clarified that he met with his Special Envoy on Mali, Djibril Bassolle, at his place of stay in Cairo yesterday, Sunday, and discussed with him holding an emergency meeting of the executive committee on the morning of the Summit, Wednesday.

The Secretary General expressed his gratitude to the Egyptian government and people for their hosting the summit and wonderful hospitality as well as to Senegal for chairing the 11th Session of the Islamic Summit. He praised Saudi Arabia for hosting the Third and Fourth Extraordinary Islamic Summit in Makkah and thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for his continued support to the OIC.
 

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