Organization of Islamic Cooperation expresses support for Gabon government

The OIC renewed its support for the country’s elected government led by President Ali Bongo. (AFP)
Updated 10 January 2019
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Organization of Islamic Cooperation expresses support for Gabon government

  • Gabon foiled an attempted military coup and arrested several plotters just hours after they took over state radio

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday condemned the attempted coup against the constitutional institutions of the Gabonese Republic, which ended in failure.
The OIC said it followed with great interest the recent developments in the African country. The OIC renewed its support for the country’s elected government led by President Ali Bongo. The organization stresses the need to preserve constitutional legitimacy.
On Monday, Gabon foiled an attempted military coup and arrested several plotters just hours after they took over state radio. The dramatic developments came as Bongo is living at a private residence in the Moroccan capital Rabat after suffering a stroke.


King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

Updated 8 min 58 sec ago
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King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

  • Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Islamic Summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman has called for the convening of two summits of Gulf and Arab states to be held on May 30 in Makkah.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Islamic Summit.

According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement, King Salman has sent an invitation to the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and leaders of other Arab countries to two summits to discuss the recent attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis in the UAE and on Saudi Arabia's oil pipelines and their repercussions on the region. 

“The attack on ships in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates and the terrorist-backed Iran-backed Houthi militias’ attack on two oil pumping stations in the Kingdom have serious implications for regional and international peace and security and for the supply and stability of world oil markets,” the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.