OIC SG urges Muslim world to demonstrate strength of will

OIC SG urges Muslim world to demonstrate strength of will

Hameed Shaheen

ISLAMABAD – The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu addressed a message to the Muslim world on the occasion of 12th Session of the Islamic Summit in Cairo on 6-7 February 2013. In his message, opening the new issue of the OIC Journal out today 30 January 2013, he stated that Egypt is hosting the Islamic Summit for the first time in its history and will be chairing it for the next three years, says an email from Jeddah to Kashmir Watch here Wednesday.

“Egypt is taking the helm of leadership of the Islamic states at a critical, challenging time when the Muslim world is in the midst of transformation and Egypt itself is undergoing a renaissance. However, within these challenges lie great opportunities for all of us to rise up and take our rightful place among the developed world. What is needed is strong political will and true Islamic solidarity,” he wrote.

From her side, the Managing Editor of the OIC Journal, Maha Akeel, wrote about the expected establishment of the Women Development Organization in Cairo, but expressed fear that it will take a long time as only two member states signed the statute when 15 ratifications are needed to make it enter into force.

The new issue of the OIC Journal, issue 22, highlights the birth of State of Palestine following the overwhelming vote in support of granting it non-member observer state at the United Nations on 29 November 2012. However, the issue also points to the challenges and obstacles facing the new state in achieving its actual statehood under the shadow of Israel’s policy of settlement building. This will be one of the major issues to be discussed at the 12th Islamic Summit taking place in Cairo on February 6-7, 2013.

The new issue of the OIC Journal in English and Arabic, which will be distributed at the Cairo Summit, focuses on several of these challenges including conflicts particularly in Syria, Mali and Myanmar; Islamophobia and human rights. The issue features a special report on the 39th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers that was held in Djibouti on 15-17 November 2013 and exclusive interviews with the President of Djibouti, and the Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan, Iraq, Somalia and Kosovo.

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