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Third extraordinary OIC summit concludes

The third extraordinary Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit concluded in Makkah today.

The summit issued four documents: the Makkah Declaration, which provides a general picture of the current situation in OIC countries and the hopes and aspirations of the Islamic nation; a final communiqué; a ten-year strategic action plan to confront the challenges faced by OIC nations; and a report on the Palestinian situation.

Speaking to reporters following the conclusion of the summit, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal praised the outcome of the conference, and said that it represents a turning point in Islamic cooperation. The summit adopted an approach to reform that was marked by moderation, science, openness and enlightenment. Reform can only move forward, he said.

Prince Saud said that an executive committee would follow up on the summit’s recommendations. He added that Muslim countries intend to tackle the issues of corruption and poverty.