OIC chief in Ivory Coast; discusses with President Ouattara challenges facing Islamic world

Abidjan (IINA) � Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen discussed here on Friday with President of CAte d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara the issues and challenges facing the Islamic world, primarily the Palestine cause and Jerusalem as well as the phenomena of terrorism and extremism.

This came during Ouattara’s meeting with Dr. Al-Othaimeen, who is paying a working visit to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, a member state of the OIC.

The two leaders stressed the importance of strengthening the bonds of cooperation between the member states, in order to develop a joint Islamic approach to ensure effective dealing with existing and emerging challenges.

They also discussed the ongoing preparations for the 44th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), scheduled to take place in Cote d’Ivoire in July 2017.

In a related development, the secretary general held a meeting with Foreign Minister of Cote d’Ivoire Marcel Amon-Tanoh, who praised the close and continuous coordination with the OIC General Secretariat on the prospects of convening the next session of the body, in the West African country, at the ministerial level.

For his part, Al-Othaimeen commended the strong will of the Abidjan authorities to engage actively in the OIC’s various activities and programs, and to make the necessary efforts for the success of the upcoming ministerial session.

Source: International Islamic News Agency