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13th OIC Summit will be held on April 14-15 in Istanbul.
The international meeting, with the theme ‘Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace’, is expected to discuss the situation in numerous Muslim countries, including Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Iraq, and Azerbaijan, as well as the fight against terrorism, reported CINVU.
Foreign ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries are meeting in Istanbul to prepare for a wider summit that will take place on Thursday and Friday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host the OIC summit which presidents and prime ministers from over 30 countries will join.
Terror is one of the prominent issues where Muslim countries should increase their unity and solidarity, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday. “The Islamic world should take a stand against terror. It is a duty for all Muslims,” Cavusoglu said during an opening speech at the OIC Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Istanbul. “This disease tries to set Muslims against one another. Unfortunately, some terror organizations use our religion’s name. So, their damage to Muslims increases. Islam means peace. We will not let some murder circles to abuse our religion,” Cavusoglu added. Turkish FM Cavusoglu said the summit was taking place at a delicate time when the Islamic world is going through many challenges, including sectarianism, civil war and terror. Cavusoglu said such challenges prevented Islamic countries from addressing problems that Muslims have been facing in the world. “There has been a dramatic increase in bias against Muslims and Islam in the world. Islamophobia and xenophobia have been on the rise. As a result of these, [Muslims] face injustices and violence,” Cavusoglu said. “The Muslim world should criticize itself,” he added.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation is an international organization founded in 1969 and consists of 57 member-states. The organization states that it is 'the collective voice of the Muslim world' and works to 'safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony'. The OIC has permanent delegations to the United Nations and the European Union.
The summit will hand over the chairmanship of the OIC to Turkey for the coming two years.