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OIC Summit Brings Together Ministers from 57 Nations, with Strategic Bilateral Meetings Underway

Today in the Gambian capital of Banjul marked the first day of the May 4-5 15th Summit of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, the world’s largest multinational organization after the United Nations. Founded in the 1940s, the OIC, now with 57 members, holds summits every three years, most recently in 2019, hosted by Saudi Arabia, where the OIC has its headquarters in Jeddah.

Many participating delegations are headed by their countries’ foreign ministers, including Türkiye and Saudi Arabia. There are already reports of important bilateral meetings on the sidelines. This afternoon, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. Iran’s minister also held bilateral talks with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Faisal bin Farhan today, and with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.

The subject of support for Afghanistan is said to be on the conference agenda. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has officially requested to attend the summit.

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