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Prince Saud briefs press on the progress of the summit

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal held a press conference to brief reporters on the progress of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit, which is currently underway in Makkah.

In his remarks, Prince Saud said that yesterday foreign ministers of OIC member countries reviewed the documents under consideration at the summit, paving the way for Muslim leaders to discuss the problems facing the Muslim world and to contribute ideas for improving the current situation.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz sees the hope that leaders are looking for, Prince Saud said.

The prince said that all participants agree on the need to fight terrorism, confront extremism, promote moderation and cooperation, refrain from complaining about others and focus on what Muslim countries can do to face their problems and find solutions. All participants also agree that the time and venue of the summit were well chosen.

Some Muslim leaders addressed the summit today, and the rest would do so tomorrow, he remarked.

Also tomorrow the summit will review the documents under consideration followed by the final communiqué, the ten-year strategic action plan and the Makkah Declaration, he said. The Secretariat-General of the OIC also submitted reports.

Prince Saud also said that in the summit, there were no differences in views, no reservations about some of the wording of the final communiqué, and no one abstained from participating.