Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi received on Tuesday Hussein Ibrahim Taha, the new Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The president stressed Egypt’s full support for Taha in his mission, taking into account the challenges facing the Muslim world at various levels, which require strengthening coordination and communication under the umbrella of the OIC.
During the meeting, Taha briefed Al-Sisi on the programmes and progress of work in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation for the future period, explaining his keenness to meet with President Al-Sisi at the beginning of his tenure as head of the OIC to listen to his vision and estimates towards all issues raised in the Muslim world.
He also expressed interest in discussing ways to advance and strengthen joint Islamic action among the member states of the organization, in a way that contributes to protecting common interests, advancing development in those countries and meeting the aspirations of their peoples to achieve prosperity and progress.
Taha further expressed appreciation for the efforts made by Egypt to enhance solidarity between Muslim countries and support the role of the OIC, stressing the aspiration to continue the effective historical role of Egypt in light of its importance and centrality and its regional and international weight and the fact that Egypt is one of the founders of the organsation.
Moreover, the meeting also witnessed a review of the developments of a number of regional crises. Taha praised Egypt’s efforts to reach political settlements for the crises the region is going through in light of the turmoil and growing challenge in the region, including the threat of terrorism.
Al-Sisi expressed his aspiration to strengthen the work of the organization by investing what Egypt possesses of ancient and credible Islamic institutions at the regional and international levels, which would contribute to presenting the Islamic world to the international community in accordance with the principles of true religion, and refuting the negative rehotric spread by extremist and terrorist organizations and entities.