(MENAFN - Arab News) Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu welcomed the call by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to hold an extraordinary Islamic summit in Makkah on Aug. 14-15 to discuss the grave situation in a number of Muslim countries and chalk out ways to solve them.
"The tragic situation in Syria and the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar will figure on top of the agenda of the summit," he said at a press conference held in the OIC headquarters here yesterday.
The summit is being called to intensify efforts to contain division and dissension among Muslims as well as to strengthen Islamic unity and solidarity. King Abdullah has invited Muslim heads of state and leaders to attend the conference. Ihsanoglu also unveiled plans of OIC to raise 500 million in aid from member countries to help the Syrian people who have been displaced in the current conflict. The humanitarian crisis in Syria has grown to such dimensions that at least 500 million in aid is required to meet the needs of the Syrian people, he said in an appeal to donors.
Syria is in the throes of a revolt against the government of President Bashar Al-Assad, whose efforts to crush the uprising by force have driven thousands of civilians from their homes, many of them into Syria's neighbors. "We are calling for increased humanitarian efforts and cooperation between international and regional organizations in order to deliver urgent humanitarian aid to the Syrian people in Syria and in neighboring countries," he said.