Is­lamic bloc chief quits over mock­ing of Egypt pres­i­dent

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE world’s largest pan-Is­lamic body, the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC), said its Saudi chief has re­signed 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 or­gan­i­sa­tion said in a state­ment, two days af­ter Cairo con­demned the com­ment that pro­voked out­rage among Egyp­tians.

The for­mer Saudi min­is­ter made the com­ment last week when he mixed up Mr Sisi’s name with that of Tu­nisian Pres­i­dent Beji Caid Essebsi at a con­fer­ence.

“Mr Pres­i­dent Beji Caid al-Sisi. Essebsi sorry. This is a big mis­take. I’m sure your fridge has more than wa­ter,” he told the Tu­nisian leader.

He was re­fer­ring to widely de­rided com­ments made by Mr Sisi last week in which he claimed that his fridge only had wa­ter in it for a decade.

Egypt’s For­eign Min­is­ter Sameh Shoukry said Mr Madani’s re­mark was “a se­ri­ous en­croach­ment against its po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship”.

Mr Madani, who had headed the 57-mem­ber bloc since 2014, apol­o­gised, say­ing he meant no “in­sult to the Egyp­tian lead­er­ship”. –

Photo: EPA

Iyad Ameen Madani up­set Egyp­tians with his re­mark.

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