Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Organization of Islamic Cooperation

(OIC), international organization of 57 countries whose inhabitants are mainly Muslim, est. 1969 as the Organization of the Islamic Conference, renamed 2011. It is headquartered in Jidda, Saudi Arabia. Its member states are spread out over Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, and represent some 650 million people. It promotes cooperation among member nations in economic, social, scientific, cultural, and spiritual matters and is dedicated to creating Islamic solidarity and safeguarding Islam's holy places and the rights of Muslims and ending racial discrimination and colonialism. The OIC also has pledged to restore Jerusalem and the occupied territories to Palestinian control, and since 1981 has supported an economic boycott of Israel (some members nonetheless have economic ties with Israel).

The OIC's main bodies are the Islamic Summit, its supreme body, which consists of heads of state and of government and meets every three years; the Conference of Foreign Ministers, which meets once a year and in special sessions; and the General Secretariat, which manages the OIC's affairs and is headed by a secretary-general. Among its specialized institutions is the Islamic Development Bank. The wide geographic dispersal of the OIC's members and their varied, sometimes clashing political philosophies and religious views have tended to constrain the organization's overall effectiveness, and it often has been unable to implement its resolutions.

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The participants agreed on a draft agreement of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on the arrangement of mutual recognition of skilled labor, and facilitate the movement of labor within the member countries of the Organization, which has professions on its territory to those who possess the qualifications of a specific professional, professional qualifications acquired in another Member State and allow the holder of these qualifications By joining the profession, she is psychologically engaged in it.
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen, has met Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali and discussed further cooperation with Bangladesh.
BEIRUT: A Lebanese diplomat represented the country at an urgent meeting of the the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Sunday.
We should always remember the danger of the Zionist regime as the main source of violence and extremism and accept that continued massacre of innocent Palestinian people, mostly women and children, in the occupied territories, inhumane acts and Gaza siege all show the violent nature of a regime which is unfortunately continuing its savage acts under the ignorance shown by the world community, specially the western powers," Rouhani said, addressing the 13th Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
NNA - Lebanon presented on Friday its reservations on the paragraph related to the condemnation of Hezbollah for conducting terrorist actions in several countries in the region, according to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
TAE[currency]KENT (CyHAN)- The charter of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was ratified during the meeting of Uzbekistan's Senate on March 31.
It is affiliated with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The conference will be organized by the Committee in cooperation with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the League of Arab States on 7 and 8 September.
Kazakhstan delegation led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Askar Musinov attended 42nd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation May 27-28 in Kuwait, reports the Foreign Ministry.
June 19, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan's foreign minister, Ali Karti, Thursday called on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to say explicitly if Uganda harbours and supports rebel groups that fight his government.
Published on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:56 PNN Palestine is a "central question" during a three day meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Conkray, Guinea on Monday, AFP reported.
Summary: JEDDAH - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), today strongly condemned reports of the killing of a British soldier in Woolwich, London, by two individuals.

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