12 February 2012
This week, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has invited Professor Ekmelledin Ihsanoglu, the Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), to educate and help Australians overcome "Islamophobia".
Professor Ihsanoglu will participate in a discussion on "Transition and Change: The OIC and the Islamic World."
These events will take place on 14 and 15 February at the National Press Club of Australia and at Griffith University in Brisbane.
The OIC, which represents 56 states with significant Muslim populations, makes up the largest voting bloc of the UN.
Ihsanoglu arrived on Sunday as the formal guest of Foreign Minister Rudd. He is the first OIC secretary general ever to pay a formal visit to Australia.
The OIC secretary general will meet many Australian executives, particularly Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and discuss relations between OIC and Australia.
During his visit -- which will cover Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne -- Ihsanoglu is expected to sign a cooperation agreement with Australia.
"OIC head expected to sign cooperation deal with Australia" World Bulletin February 7, 2012
"Australians to be healed from 'Islamophobia' by head of global Islamic organisation" Newsmaker February 12, 2012