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OIC suspends Syria's membership

08-16-2012 22:36 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has agreed to suspend Syria’s membership at a summit of Muslim leaders in Mecca.

Nizar Bin Obaid Madani, Saudi State Minister of Foreign Affairs, said, "There was great concern over the atrocities and the inhuman actions that are being committed against the Syrian people. The leaders have agreed upon the need to preserve Syrian unity and the immediate cessation of violence with the suspension of Syria’s membership in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation."

The proposal to suspend Syria’s membership from the 57-member body was made Monday by OIC foreign ministers at a meeting.

OIC Secretary General, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, described the decision as "a message to the international community, that the Islamic community stands with a politically peaceful solution and does not want any more bloodshed. The suspension was opposed by Iran. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi criticised the suspension decision as he left Mecca, saying it was contrary to the organisation’s charter.


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