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GCC, WML condemn killing of Egyptian envoy, violence in Iraq

The Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) has condemned the killing of Dr Ihab al-Sharif, Egypt's envoy to Iraq, as a form of corruption on earth, which is considered a major sin in Islam.  In a statement issued in Makkah, Secretary General Dr Abdullah Al-Turki said “the World Muslim League condemns violence, kidnapping and killing, as well as all forms of aggression.” The statement went on to urge the Iraqi people to unite, and cooperate to contain sedition.  The MWL also called on the Muslims and their governments to work to restore peace and security to Iraq so that it may return to its Islamic fold.

In Riyadh, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdulrahman Al-Atiyyah issued a statement expressing his condolences to the family of Dr al-Sharif as well as to the people and government of Egypt.  In the statement, Al-Atiyyah condemned Dr al-Sharif's murder and said that such criminal acts have nothing to do with Islam, and reiterated GCC’s support for Egypt and its determination to fight terrorism.