Saudi chief of ma­jor Is­lamic body re­signs

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JEDDAH: The world’s largest pan-Is­lamic body, the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion, said its Saudi chief re­signed Mon­day, days af­ter in­fu­ri­at­ing Egypt over a re­mark that mocked Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi. OIC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Iyad Madani “has re­signed for health rea­sons”, the Jeddah-based or­ga­ni­za­tion said in a state­ment, two days af­ter Cairo con­demned the com­ment that pro­voked out­rage among Egyp­tians. Saudi Ara­bia has nom­i­nated its for­mer min­is­ter of so­cial af­fairs, Youssef Al-Othaymeen, to re­place Madani, the state­ment said. Egypt’s for­eign min­istry said it sup­ported the nom­i­nee, “ap­pre­ci­at­ing the im­por­tant role Saudi is do­ing in the sup­port of the ac­tiv­i­ties and goals of OIC”.

Iyad Madani

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