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Prince Saud addresses OIC preparatory meeting

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal chaired a preparatory meeting of foreign ministers in the Kingdom to attend the third extraordinary Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit, which begins tomorrow in Makkah.

In remarks at the preparatory meeting, which took place in Jeddah today, Prince Saud said he hoped the working plan to be discussed at the summit would be “a realistic one and liable for implementation by all member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.” The plan is based on a discussion of challenges facing the Islamic nation and proposed solutions, he said.

The Saudi foreign minister called for a careful study of all available documents in making the necessary decisions to help the Islamic nation confront the challenges of the 21st century. These documents include the Makkah Declaration, which Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will present to Muslim leaders prior to the summit, he said.

Prince Saud praised OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu’s efforts on behalf of the organization. He also said that King Abdullah called for the summit in order to establish a comprehensive plan to address the challenges the Islamic nation is currently facing.

The working will address the Islamic nation’s current situation and its aspirations for the future. “The Islamic nation is the nation which advocates virtues, values of justice and equality and enhances the pillars of tolerance, and fraternity among the nations and at the same time it fights injustice, aggression and corruption,” Prince Saud said in his address.

The prince added that the working plan is based on the recommendations of Muslim scholars and jurisprudents. It includes proposed solutions for the problems of the Islamic nation, problems that include attacks by enemies as well as the deviant ideas of some Muslims, he said. The plan also underscores the importance of correcting inaccurate perceptions about Islam and advocates rational dialogue with others.

“The document stipulates the development of the performance of the OIC in a manner that enables it perform its mission in a satisfactory way,” Prince Saud said.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, taking into account its historical and religious responsibility, is keen on making the summit a turning point in the history of the Muslim nation, and it is keen on realizing a genuine Islamic solidarity, and at the same time it hopes that the resolutions to be adopted by the Summit will be characterized by seriousness and credibility,” Prince Saud remarked.