President Obama receives OIC Secretary General

April 13, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama has expressed the readiness of his administration to expand the strategic relationship between the United States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) through continuing dialogue and close contacts. His comments were made during a meeting at the White House last night with OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. During the meeting, President Obama and Secretary General Ihsanoglu exchanged views on international developments and agreed to continue the constructive dialogue between the U.S. and the OIC.

President Obama commended Secretary General Ihsanoglu’s efforts in furthering cooperation between the U.S. and the IOC on a variety of issues, including polio eradication, the promotion of maternal and child health, and combating intolerance.

For his part, the OIC Secretary General emphasized the necessity for finding a just and lasting solution to Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which would serve to improve relations between the United States and the Islamic world.