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Sierra Leone invited to Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting in Saudi Arabia

Sierra Leone invited to Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting in Saudi Arabia

Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states will converge in Saudi Arabia’s second largest city, Jeddah on the 18-19th June, 2014.  (Photo: Alhaji M B Jalloh, IA, Saudi Arabia)

This is the second time Saudi Arabia is hosting the OIC’s Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM). The last time it hosted it was in 1989. This is the 41st session of the CFM.

Sierra Leone’s Foreign and International Cooperation Minister, Samura Kamara will be represented by Alhaji Mohamed Sillah Kargbo, Sierra Leone’s resident Ambassador in Saudi Arabia.

The high profile diplomats are expected to address pressing issues in the 57 – member states as well as problems faced by Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries.

In a telephone conversation with Maha Akeel, OIC’s Director of Information last night, he said the ministers will also discuss how to tackle the ‘criminal activities’ of Boko Haram in Nigeria. The OIC Chief, Iyad Madani, the Information Director, visited Nigeria recently to take stock of the situation, and has publicly condemned the group’s activities.

It would be recalled that Sierra Leone’s President, Ernest Bai Koroma, last week also promised his country’s readiness to support Nigeria in its quest to end the atrocities being committed by members of the Boko Haram sect.

Koroma, according the daily Nigerian Punch newspaper, made the remarks during a recent visit to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

 “Nigeria stood with my country during its difficulties, it’s proper for my country to also identify with Nigeria in its trying times,” the paper quoted Koroma.

Political pundits say, the meeting comes at a critical juncture in the Muslim world; as there is a rising tide of extremism and volatility in Muslim nations and much of these issues, they say, will be reflected in the two-day deliberations.

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