Islamic bloc chief quits over mocking of Egypt president
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”. –
Iyad Ameen Madani upset Egyptians with his remark.