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OIC summit opens in Mecca today

Mecca, Aug 14 (): The two-day summit of the OIC, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The summit was called by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah earlier this month.

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz is opening in Saudi Arabia today (Tuesday) to talk about the challenges facing the Muslim Ummah and to further strengthen the unity and solidarity among the Islamic states. The OIC is a body comprising 56 member states plus the Palestinian Authority.

The decisions that will be taken at this meeting will be of great importance, especially in setting the future direction of events. All the decisions taken will be weighed in terms of their impact in the long-term.

Syria is expected to top the agenda of the talks, where forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad — backed by Iran — appear to have rooted out opposition fighters — backed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey — from the embattled city of Aleppo.

A diplomat, speaking on the side-lines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia said on Monday, Syria will be suspended from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit.

Apart from Syria, Burma and Palestine, finding solutions to the deteriorating security scenario in Somalia and Yemen and establishing peace in Afghanistan will also be among the top priorities of the Muslim leaders.

Interestingly, not only the Muslim world is keen in watching the developments at the summit. Representatives of many organizations and non-Muslim countries have expressed their desire to attend the summit as observers. They include countries such as Russia, Turkish Cyprus and Thailand and Muslim organizations such as Moro Liberation Front, Hurriyat Conference of Kashmir.

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