OIC warns of exploiting Islamophobia phenomenon

Updated 12 November 2012

OIC warns of exploiting Islamophobia phenomenon

Jeddah: Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said today that it will present its 5th report to Islamophobia Observatory during the 35th meeting of OIC Foreign Ministers to be held in Djibouti on Thursday.
The OIC Secretary General Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu warned in a press statement today that the West has been witnessing a process of institutionalization and legitimization of the phenomenon of Islamophobia in a systematic process over the past five years.
The report cautioned of the exploitation of religion for political purposes which may threaten global peace and security, noting in this regard the incident of burning the Holy Qur’an in Florida, the United States of America, and the film which offended the Prophet and broadcast on ‘YouTube’ as the most prominent violations against the Islamic religion.

King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

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King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • Among the many issues expected to be discussed is a greater level of integration between Gulf countries

RIYADH: GCC leaders arrived in Riyadh Tuesday for a summit that will focus on improving integration between Gulf countries.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting will be chaired by King Salman, who met the representatives from each country as they landed.

The heads of the delegations including the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani said Gulf leaders will discuss a number of important issues to enhance the process of cooperation and integration among member states in various political, defense, security, economic and social fields.

They will also review regional and international political developments, security conditions in the region, and their implications for the security and stability of the GCC countries.

Among the topics on the agenda is the war in Yemen and Iran’s interference in regional affairs.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.