Cabinet: Makkah summit to help strengthen Islamic unity

JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS

The Council of Ministers yesterday said the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s call for an emergency Islamic summit in Makkah would strengthen Islamic unity.

“The call for an emergency summit reflects the king’s desire to unify Muslim countries in this fragile time of discord,” the Cabinet said following its weekly meeting.

Preparations are underway by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for the summit on Aug. 14 and 15 and will include a meeting of foreign ministers and senior OIC officials.

“The summit will address the situation in a number of Muslim countries, intensify efforts to contain division and dissention and strengthen Islamic unity and solidarity,” the OIC statement reported by Saudi Press Agency said.

The Cabinet chaired by King Abdullah highlighted the Saudi monarch’s five-day fundraising campaign for the Syrian people. “This reflects the king’s humanitarian feelings toward his brethren in Syria,” it added. Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said the Cabinet praised resolutions taken by an emergency Arab League Ministerial Council meeting in Doha pledging all necessary assistance for Syrians.

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