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17 April 2014, Thursday
 
 
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Organization of Islamic Cooperation suspends Syria

AT THE INVITE OF SAUDI ARABIA'S KING ABDULLAH, 56 NATIONS, INCLUDING TURKEY, ARE MEETING AT THE ORGANIZATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION (OIC) FOR ITS LAST DAY ON WEDNESDAY.(PHOTO: CIHAN)
16 August 2012, Thursday /REUTERS
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation suspended Syria on Thursday, citing President Bashar al-Assad's suppression of the Syrian revolt, but there was little support for direct military involvement in Syria at a summit of Muslim leaders in Mecca.

Summit host Saudi Arabia has led Arab efforts to isolate Syria diplomatically and has also backed calls for the Syrian rebel opposition to be armed, which Foreign Minister Saud al-Fasial described in February as "an excellent idea".

But speaking to reporters after the summit, OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said he "did not see much support for external military intervention" in Syria during the summit.

 

He described the decision to suspend Syrian membership as "a message to the international community ... that the Islamic community stands with a politically peaceful solution and does not want any more bloodshed".

 

The 57-member body's rebuke is mostly symbolic, but it shows Syria's isolation - as well as that of its ally Iran - across much of the Sunni-majority Islamic world.

 

The summit, which has taken place late on consecutive nights because of the Ramadan fast, had been billed as a diplomatic showdown between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran, which have backed different sides in sectarian conflicts in the region.

 

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi criticised Syria's suspension as he left Mecca early on Thursday, saying it was contrary to the organisation's charter.

 

"Before taking this decision it is necessary to invite the Syrian government to the meeting so that it can defend itself and so that participants can listen to its official views," the official news agency, IRNA, reported him as saying.

 

Saudi King Abdullah tried to conciliate Iran at the summit opening by placing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at his side to welcome Muslim leaders in a gesture Saudi political analysts said was aimed at putting old grievances aside in the quest for a resolution to the Syrian crisis.

 

He also suggested founding a centre for dialogue between Islam's sects, another move aimed at trying to defuse some of the region's sectarian tensions. That proposal was adopted by the summit.

 

 
 
COMMENTS
When most of the Muslim majority countries governments often act and support the western strategies who also relied heavily on them for their own survival, it is hard to beleive that they can act independently. This summit while brings much hope but, as the history goes, we need to wait and see how...
Haque
oic is a most useless organization... it has no power. still if it can isolate syria and iran then it will be a positive development. but are they doing anything about islamic terrorism from other countries?
Jeevan
What other outcome were you expecting?
VTiger
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has never adopted a resolution that was applied or of some international relevance it is a useless organization just sands into the eyes.
Araratian
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