Saudi Arabia calls for summit to shoot “sedition” in Muslim world
25 Jul 2012 08:29 GMT
 
Riyadh: Leaders of the Muslim world across the globe have been asked by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to attend a summit next month in order to curtail the risk of agitation currently prevailing in the Islamic world. By Farhan Iqbal

Riyadh: Leaders of the Muslim world across the globe have been asked by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to attend a summit next month in order to curtail the risk of agitation currently prevailing in the Islamic world.

According to the Saudi Arabia’s official news agency, SPA, Saudi Arabia has called for an extraordinary summit to be held next month and likely to be attended by the Muslim leaders from all the Islamic countries in the world.

The main motive of this extraordinary summit is to gather all the Muslim leaders at a platform for addressing the risk of “sedition” which is threatening various Muslim countries and especially the Gulf region and find a permanent solution to this threat, the news agency reported.

SPA confirmed the holding of the summit by the statement of Saudi Foreign Minister. SPA quoted Foreign Minister, Saud Al-Faisal, as saying, “Saudi King Abdullah has called for an extraordinary Islamic solidarity meeting to ensure... unity during this delicate time as the Muslim world faces dangers of fragmentation and sedition.”

SPA said in the report that Saudi King Abdullah is highly interested in convening the summit in mid-August in a bid at “unifying the ranks” of Muslims.

No further details regarding the agenda of the summit have been revealed to media by any concerned official so far.

The announcement of the summit by Saudi Arabia has come amid a spike in deadly violence across Syria, where more than 19,000 people have been killed since an uprising erupted in March 2011 against the regime of Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad.

Saudi Arabia and the other energy-rich Sunni nations of the Gulf region have repeatedly voiced support for the Syrian rebels, who are Sunni, against the Shiite regime of Assad, who is a member of the Alawite community, a branch of Shiite Islam.

According to SPA reports, Saudi authorities have also issued a separate statement in which the Saudi monarch has called for launching a campaign to raise funds “in support of our brothers in Syria” which is going to be kicked off in the beginning of next week.

The statement said, “The donations will be from all the kingdom's regions.” The statement has urged all Saudis “to participate in the campaign.”

Saudi Arabia hosts the headquarters of the 57-member Muslim-body by the name “Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)” which is based in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.



-- Al Arabiya Digital


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