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First OIC meeting in Astana to discuss science, technology

RIYADH: The first Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, from Sept. 7 to 11 will discuss scientific and technical issues and strategies in the next 10 years. The event comes as the organization strives to focus on promoting scientific and technical industries.
Naim Khan, OIC assistant secretary-general for science and technology, said the focus will be on strategies that can be achieved over a timetable spanning a decade. “This is the first summit in a Central Asian country in the presence of kings, princes and heads of Islamic states,” he said.
“The leaders at the upcoming summit will confirm their support for including these priorities in their national policies and development strategies.”
Meanwhile, the OIC General Secretariat condemned a terrorist attack that killed four soldiers in northern Sinai, Egypt, on Wednesday.
Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Egyptian government.
He stressed the OIC’s solidarity with Egypt against terrorism and extremism.

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