2006 News Story

OIC information ministers to convene Wednesday in Jeddah

Preparations are underway for the seventh session of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) information ministers, which begins Wednesday at the Jeddah Conference Palace.  The conference will address current challenges faced by the Muslim world, including misconceptions of Islam, and joint action to deal with them.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will open the conference, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani said today.

“That in itself indicates the seriousness with which the Kingdom’s leadership is taking this conference,” said OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in a joint press conference with Madani, as quoted by the Arab News. “It is hugely significant coming as it does at a very critical time in the history of Muslims.”

Ihsanoglu also noted that the conference is essentially a continuation of the extraordinary OIC summit held this past December in Makkah. 

“The conference will take into consideration the spirit of the Makkah Summit which called for the need to boost solidarity in action within the framework of the OIC and to implement the resolutions of that summit,” Ihsanoglu said, as quoted in the Arab News.

A preparatory meeting for the conference was held today, at which the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information presented two working papers. One paper reviewed the challenges faced by the Muslim world, and underscored the importance of a collective effort on the part of the Islamic media to foster religious tolerance and enhance contacts with the international media. A second working paper discussed the International Islamic News Organization (IINA) and the Islamic States Broadcasting Organization (ISBO).