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OIC foreign ministers conference issues statement on terrorism

The foreign ministers of the member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) issued a statement condemning international terrorism at the conclusion of their 9th extraordinary session in Doha, Qatar yesterday.

At a press conference following the session, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal stressed that terrorism is harming the Islamic world and just Islamic causes and pointed out that terrorist acts have, for example, never advanced the Palestinian cause. He declared that the OIC foreign ministers' condemnation of terrorist acts proves the credibility of the Islamic world in combating terrorism. Acts of terror, he said, are wrong, and by carrying them out, the terrorists distract from the main issues of Islam. He commented that the conference's discussion of the need to resolve the causes of terrorism further shows the seriousness of the Islamic countries' willingness to exert every effort to combat it.
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department welcomed the OIC statement, notably the repudiation of attempts by Osama bin Ladin to link his terrorism to Islam and Islamic values, and agreed that the threat of international terrorism affects all nations. The State Department also commended the conference's support for the stance that the United States and others had taken.