EDITOR's NOTE: information added about the OIC after the fourth paragraph.
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.20 / Trend, U. Sadikhova /
The Organization of the Islamic Conference \(OIC\) will hold a meeting of foreign ministers of its member states on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the United Nations General Assembly, which opens Sept. 23 and runs until Sept. 27, the OIC said.
Azerbaijan will be represented at the General Assembly's session by the Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Ministry spokesman Elkhan Polukhov told Trend.
The OIC Secretary General, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu will chair the meeting and discuss issues of the Muslim world with the Islamic Group in the General Assembly. The Secretary General's visit will be devoted to working within the Islamic Group in the UN and various international organizations in order to come up with common positions and push for more effective resolutions. In separate meetings with contact groups, Ihsanoglu will discuss the latest developments regarding Palestine, Iraq, Somalia, and Pakistan, among others.
The Secretary General will also discuss the situation of the Muslim minorities living in U.S.
The OIC was founded in 1969. The OIC brings together 57 countries with a population of about 1.2 billion people, as well as the Palestine Liberation Organization (Palestinian Authority). The OIC is headquartered in Jeddah and ranks second in the world for the number of member states.
The Organization aims to enhance strengthen Islamic solidarity and political and economic cooperation between its member states. The OIC conducts special work on the Middle East peace process, provides timely economic and humanitarian assistance to countries affected by natural disasters and military conflicts, and works to eradicate the spread of Islamophobia in the west. In addition, the OIC calls for coordinated actions in the name of liberation and the preservation of Islamic holy sites.
The Islamic Summit, composed of kings and heads of state and government of member states, is the supreme authority of the Organization. It convenes once every three years to deliberate, take policy decisions and provide guidance on all issues pertaining to the realization of the objectives and consider other issues of concern to the member states and the Ummah.