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OIC decides to suspend Syria’s membership, says Marty

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 16 2012   /  10:28 am

The Extraordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, has decided to suspend the membership of Syria in the grouping, Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry stated.

“The summit decides to freeze the membership of Syria in the OIC,” read the ministry’s press release, which was made available to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, who led the Indonesian delegation to the summit, said in the release that the decision by the 57-member organization was “in accordance with Indonesia’s appeals at the summit”.

“State leaders of the OIC members also asked the UN Security Council to take concrete, constructive, and immediate efforts to end violence and bloodshed in the Middle Eastern country,” Marty said.

The summit, which was hosted by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al Saud fro...