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Women in Afghanistan: Ongoing Successes and Challenges The OIC Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations co-hosted a side event on the margins of the 58th Session of the Commission of the Status of Women entitled: Women in Afghanistan: Ongoing Challenges and Successes. read more
Secretary General Mr. Iyad Madani takes over the helm of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation The new Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Amin Madani, started officially his term of office at the OIC Headquarters in Jeddah, today, Wednesday, 1 January 2014. read more
OIC Secretary General Ihsanoglu meets with Pope Francis in the Vatican In an audience at the Vatican City today (December 13, 2013) the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, H.E. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, discussed issues of mutual concern with His Holiness Pope Francis. This was the first ever meeting between an OIC Secretary General and Pope. read more
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OIC Begins Coordination Meeting With Humanitarian International Organisations 29/01/2015 - The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held a roundtable, the first of its kind, on 27 January 2015 to discuss how to boost cooperation on and coordination of humanitarian action with various humanitarian agencies constituting the communities of international relief work. The meeting brought together representatives of United Nations Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Action (OCHA), the European Union (ECHO), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and particip... read more
At the Secretary General’ s Meeting with the President of the Republic and Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan: OIC and new Afghan Government agree to cooperate for the implementation of political and economic initiatives 28/01/2015 - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the new Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan agreed to work together for the implementation of the initiatives of the National Unity Government in all political and economic fields. The agreement was reached during the meetings held by OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani with His Excellency President Ashraf Ghani and the Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, in the capital Kabul on Wednesday 28 January 20... read more
The OIC Secretary General is to pay an official visit to Afghanistan 26/01/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, will start on Tuesday, 27/1/0215, a three-day official visit to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. During the visit, he will meet President Asharaf Ghani, the Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, as well as other officials of the Afghan Government . The official talks to be conducted by Madani with the leadership in the country, will stress the OIC support t... read more
OIC Secretary General Offers Condolences to the Ummah upon the Death of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques 23/01/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, expressed deep sorrow and sincere condolences to the Royal Family and to the leadership, government and people of Saudi Arabia upon the demise of the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, may Allah have mercy on him. Madani added that though King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz has passed away, his auspicious works will keep his memory alive and vibrant in all hearts, and his ac... read more
Ambassador of Tunisia Presents Credentials to the OIC Secretary General 22/01/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, received Thursday 22 January 2015 in his office, H.E. Lotfi Kaïd, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Permanent Representative to the OIC, who presented his letter of credence to the Secretary General. During the audience, the Tunisian Ambassador conveyed to the Secretary General the sincere greetings and appreciation of the President of the Republic of Tunisia, H.E.... read more
OIC Condemns Infringement of Constitutional Legitimacy in Yemen 22/01/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, strongly condemned the continuing terrorist operations and infringement of the constitutional legitimacy in the Republic of Yemen. He denounced Houthis’ storming of the presidential palace, kidnapping and attempted murder of Yemeni political figures, use of violence against state institutions and seizing security and defense weapons and equipment. He considered this a coup against legitimacy that would onl... read more
OIC Secretary General Welcomes The Convening of Un Facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue 19/01/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani welcomed the first round of the Libyan political dialogue held in Geneva on 14-15 January 2015 under the auspices of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). He reiterated the support of the OIC to the efforts of Mr. Bernadino Leon, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Libya aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the Libyan crisis. Mr. Madani emphasized the importance o... read more
IPHRC strongly condemns the recent publication of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo 18/01/2015 - The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) is appalled by the recent repeated publication of sacrilegious caricature of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and squarely condemns this act as an intolerant, disrespectful and manifest expression of hatred as well as insensitivity towards the feelings of more than 1.6 billion Muslims around the world. Last week, the entire Muslim world, as well as this Commission, had expressed strong profound shock ... read more
Iraqi President Receives Madani, Intensive Talks Held on Last Day of Visit 16/01/2015 - The Iraqi leadership was united in the confident it exhibited about the role of the OIC in finding a way out of the country’s current crisis, and welcomed its efforts to build on the 2006 Makkah Document and the possibility of working towards a second meeting that would produce Makkah – 2 to support the reconciliation process among the Iraqis being championed by the Iraqi government. Various Iraqi leaders underscored the importance of the visit by the OIC Secretary General, Iyad Ameen Madani, wh... read more
Madani Meets Iraqi Kurdistan’s President and Prime Minister Renews Condemnation of Oppression and Displacement of Yazizdis 15/01/2015 - The President of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, H.E. Masoud Barazani, received the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, on Wednesday 14 January 2015. Both sides discussed bilateral cooperation and the state of affairs in Iraq, in the light of terrorist incidents taking place in many regions of the country. President Barazani stressed that the Iraqi Kurds were proud of their nationality and affiliation to Iraq and expressed appreciation to the OIC. He s... read more
Madani Meets Sistani in Najaf, Both Agreed on Need for Muslim Unity 15/01/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, on Wednesday 14 January 2015, met with His Eminence Ayatollah Ali Sistani at Najaf. The Secretary General listened to His Eminence on the situation in Iraq as he underscored the importance of mutual understanding, coexistence and non-division, given that Muslims are a single nation and should therefore unite. He stressed that efforts must be made in this direction and that the OIC had a role to play in bri... read more
Madani Starts a Visit to Baghdad with a Meeting with the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, the Respective Chairmen of the Sunni and Shiite Endowments, and Ban Ki-moon’s Representative in Iraq 14/01/2015 - Upon his arrival in Baghdad on Tuesday evening, 13 January 2015, the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, held a series of meetings with a number of Iraqi religious figures in addition to the special representative of the UN Secretary General in Iraq. At the start of his visit, Mr. Madani also met with His Holiness the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Louis Raphael I Sako, at the seat of the Patriarchdom in Baghdad. Madani availed o... read more
Madani Receives Prime Minister of Central African Republic, Signs Agreement to Open OIC Office in Bangui 13/01/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, received on 12 January 2015, in his office at the General Secretariat, H. E. Mr. Mahamat Kamoun, the Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR) and his accompanying delegation.   Mr. Madani and his guest reviewed the latest situation in the CAR and discussed ways and means of implementing the political transition and returning durable peace and stability to the country. Prime Minister Kamou... read more
IPHRC condemns terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo Magazine in France 12/01/2015 - The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) condemned in the strongest terms possible the terrorist attack, which occurred on Wednesday January 7, 2015 in Paris on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly cartoon Magazine in Paris, France, that claimed the lives of 12 people. The Commission regretted the barbaric act and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families, and the French nation for this tragic loss. IPHRC reiterated its strong rejection of radicalism, intolerance an... read more
Madani Leaves for Iraq Tomorrow Tuesday on Tour Comprising Baghdad, Najaf and Erbil 12/01/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organisation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, will visit Iraq on 13 January 2015. The tour which will comprise stops in Baghdad, Najaf and Erbil is part of the Secretary General’s consultations to reflect on ways of coordination and cooperation between the two sides and affirm support for Iraq’s unity and stability. The Secretary General will meet with the President of Iraq H.E. Mr Fouad Masoum, the Prime Minister, Mr Haider al-... read more