African media is reporting that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is traveling to Saudi Arabia to participate in the ongoing summit of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). According to an all Africa report:
14 AUGUST 2012 President Mohamed Morsi will head for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday 14/8/2012 to take part in the Makkah-hosted Islamic summit. The summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Muslim holy city of Makkah. Fifty-seven OIC member states will take part in the summit. Morsi will address the summit in the capacity of Egypt as the coming president of the OIC and the host of the OIC summit next year. The speech will underline the importance of Egypt and its leading role in serving the Arab and Islamic causes. OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said the Islamic organization trusts that President Morsi and the Egyptian government will have a positive role in rendering the summit success and boost the OIC action in the humanitarian field. He expressed belief that the coming summit in Egypt will be a good opportunity for President Morsi to meet presidents and kings of Islamic states and voiced his satisfaction with Egypt’s return to practicing its leading role in serving Islamic causes. Two meetings for the OIC foreign ministers were held on Monday.”
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Arabic media is reporting that the the summit was convened by the King of Saudi Arabia to discuss a variety of Islamic issues including”the worsening situation in Syria, the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and the continuing Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians”:
Former deputy chairman of the Shoura Council and world-renowned Islamic thinker, Abdullah Omar Naseef, emphasized the significance of the emergency Islamic Summit called by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. ‘There is nothing strange in this call by King Abdullah for an emergency summit. It shows his deep concern toward Islamic issues as a prominent Muslim leader in the world,’ Naseef told Arab News.’This summit is being held at the right time, when the Islamic nation is facing a lot of challenges and crises, such as the worsening situation in Syria, the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and the continuing Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians,’ he added. ‘The organization of the summit in the holy city of Makkah during the last days of the holy month of Ramadan gives it even more importance.’ Naseef also expressed his hope that Muslim leaders assembling in Makkah for the summit would be able to take the right decisions to realize the Islamic world’s interests and strengthen its unity.
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A Union of Good website has reported that the Al-Quds international institution (AQII) has asked the summit to “to adopt a united, clear position and take action to curb Israel’s violations against the Aqsa Mosque and its intention to divide it.”.
Humanitarianvoice – 2012-08-12 Al-Quds international institution appealed to the conferees at the Islamic summit held currently in Makkah to adopt a united, clear position and take action to curb Israel’s violations against the Aqsa Mosque and its intention to divide it. In a statement on Saturday, Al-Quds institution said the dangers threatening the Aqsa Mosque escalated in recent times significantly and serious attempts aimed at dividing the holy Mosque started to emerge.It added that one of these attempts was the draft law that was submitted to the Knesset for discussion by its right-wing member Arieh Eldad who called for specifying the Fridays for Muslims and the Saturdays for Jews to visit the Aqsa Mosque. It highlighted that the Israeli intention to divide the Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews is similar to the scenario that had happened to the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil city which ended up with Israel imposing its full control over the Mosque. It warned that such Israeli attempts to divide and seize the Aqsa Mosque have shown up lately in conjunction with a report issued by the US state department calling on the Palestinians to allow the Jews to pray in the Aqsa Mosque and the decision of the Israeli municipal council in Jerusalem to classify the Mosque as public places. Al-Quds institution demanded the Islamic summit conferees to internationalize the Israeli violations against the Aqsa Mosque and give the Israeli regime an explicit warning of the consequences that would come out if it persisted in its schemes against this Islamic holy site.”
The Al-Aqsa Mosque is often the subject of various Global Muslim Brotherhood conspiracies theories involving alleged Israeli plots and plans to destroy the mosque. The AQII is headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi.
The Obama administration envoy to the OIC is Rashad Hussain who for a short time was embroiled in controversy after the GMBDW reported both his associations with the US Muslim Brotherhood and remarks that he had made in 2004 about the prosecution of convicted terrorist Sami Al-Arian that were later deleted from the publication that reported them.