OIC chief, Egypt’s Sisi discuss current regional issues

Jeddah (UNA-OIC) � Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met here on Tuesday with Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations between Egypt and the OIC as well as the current issues in the Islamic world and the Organization's activities and programs.

Welcoming the OIC chief, President el-Sisi praised the efforts of the pan-Islamic organization at various levels. He also affirmed Egypt's support for the OIC's programs and projects, especially in light of the circumstances experienced by the countries in the region.

Sisi further highlighted Egypt's firm stance in support of the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine, pointing out that this must be achieved through a two-state solution.

The secretary general expressed his thanks and appreciation of President Sisi for the meeting. He reviewed a number of issues and crises in the region, most notably the efforts of the OIC in the fight against terrorism and extremism, noting the great efforts exerted by Egypt to strengthen its internal front through the elimination of terrorism and extremism.

Al-Othaimeen stressed Egypt's pioneering role, expressing confidence that it will always be present in issues concerning the Islamic world as it has always been. He pointed out, in this context, to the importance of Egypt's continued participation in the activities of the Organization.

He also reviewed the upcoming salient activities envisaged by the OIC, particularly the convening of the 14th Islamic Summit in the Gambia, in addition to the national reconciliation conference to be held between the Iraqi political parties under the auspices of the Organization, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Iraqi Reconciliation Commission.

The secretary general arrived in Egypt on Monday to participate in Al-Azhar International Conference in Support of Jerusalem, scheduled to kick off Wednesday at Al-Azhar Conference Center in Cairo.

Source: International Islamic News Agency