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DELEGATES to the preparatory senior officials’ meeting for the twelfth session of the Islamic Summit Conference expressed their understanding of the decision to postpone the Islamic Summit, which had been scheduled for 15 March 2011 at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, due to the prevailing circumstances. A new date would be chosen by Egypt as developments unfold, in coordination with the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
The meeting held at the Headquarters of the OIC General Secretariat on 12 February 2011 expressed strong confidence on the success and effectiveness of the next summit in a way that would reflect Egypt’s capability and the solid potentials of its institutions.
In this context, the participants expressed their appreciation and pride in the Egyptian people and the hope that the developments in Egypt would take the country to the desired progress and all that would be in the best interest of the Egyptian people.
In his speech to the meeting, OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu asserted that the Muslim world was witnessing historic changes in many of its countries. Contending with these changes, he said, required a high degree of wisdom and sound judgment.
Ihsanoglu expressed his congratulations to the Egyptian people at these distinctive historic moments for the triumph of their will and national choices and wished them the progress and prosperity they aspire.
The Secretary General also mentioned a similar crisis experienced by Tunisia, which ended peacefully thanks to the efforts, capabilities and sacrifices of its great people. This, he said, underscored the urgent need to accelerate the process of manifesting the people’s ambitions for good governance, rule of law, promotion of human rights, expanded political participation space and comprehensive development.
Ihsanoglu pointed out that the OIC would spare no efforts in helping the brothers in Egypt and Tunisia to meet the challenges of the coming period. He explained that the fundamental principles of the OIC Charter provide for these values and that the Ten-Year Program of Action was a forerunner in drawing Member States’ attention to the political challenges facing the Muslim world.