(MENAFN - Arab News) Iyad Madani, former Saudi Haj and information minister, took charge as the new secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at the OIC headquarters here Wednesday.
Addressing a reception, Madani said he would continue his efforts in the service of the Ummah and for the success of its just causes.
"A secretary-general, whoever it may be, will be working to realize the vision of OIC leaders and bridge the gap between opinions on various issues," the new OIC chief said.
He said OIC would continue its endeavors to strengthen cooperation among its 56 member countries, address their political and social issues and remove stereotypes against them.
Madani is the first Saudi to become an OIC secretary-general and analysts said his appointment would have a big impact on strengthening the organization. His appointment as the 10th secretary-general was endorsed by the 12th Islamic Summit in Cairo in February 2013. He replaces Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu who had been in the position since 2005.
Madani was minister of Haj until 2005.
Then he served as minister of culture and information from 2005 to 2009. He was appointed chairman of the board of directors of Knowledge Economic City in Madinah on March 10, 2012. He also serves as vice president of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Foundation for Housing Development.