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Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

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Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

  • MEA sends heads of missions special memo to every OIC countries on dealing with diplomatic fallout of comments by BJP leaders.
  • The OIC is the second largest intergovernmental organisation after the United Nations with a membership of 57 states.
  • It is the collective voice of the Muslim world.
  • It endeavors to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world.
  • The Organisation of the Islamic Conference was established by the First Islamic Summit Conference held in Morocco in September 1969, to marshal the Islamic world after an act of arson at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jersualem by a 28-year-old Australian in 1969.
  • Headquarters: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Its official languages are Arabic, English and French.
  • The membership spans roughly 1.81 million people.
  • Palestine is also a member of the OIC (it is not a member of the UN).
  • Not all members are Muslim-majority ones although they have a significant Muslim population. (E.g. Countries in West Africa and South America).
Observer states:
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Central African Republic
  • Northern Cyprus (Turkish Cypriot State)
  • Thailand
  • Russia
Observer International Organisations:
  • NAM
  • UN
  • League of Arab States
  • African Union
  • Economic Cooperation Organisation.
Model Question

Q. With reference to the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), consider the following statements :

  1. It is the second largest intergovernmental organisation after the United Nations with a membership of 57 states.
  2. India and China are the observer states of the

Which of the statements given above is /are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer : A

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