Con­tin­ued sup­port for Mus­lim TCs

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THE Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) will con­tinue its sup­port for “the right­ful cause of the Mus­lim Turk­ish Cypri­ots who con­sti­tute an in­te­gral part of the Is­lamic world and for a peace­ful set­tle­ment of the Cyprus is­sue”, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral, Yousef A AlOthaimeen, said on Thurs­day.

He was speak­ing while re­ceiv­ing Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Ku­dret Öz­er­say and TRNC del­e­ga­tion at his of­fice in Jed­dah.

An OIC state­ment said their dis­cus­sion has “fo­cused on a wide range of is­sues per­tain­ing to OICNorth­ern Cyprus re­la­tions”.

It added: “The sec­re­tary­gen­eral sug­gested to the min­is­ter in­creas­ing bi­lat­eral in­ter­ac­tions with OIC mem­ber states and in­sti­tu­tions to strengthen re­la­tions.”

On his re­turn from Saudi Ara­bia, where he had been in­vited for a day of high-level meet­ings, Dr Öz­er­say de­scribed his con­tacts as “fruit­ful”.

He also met with Mansur Muhk­tar, the vice-pres­i­dent of the Is­lamic De­vel­op­ment Bank, and said he had been as­sured of the bank’s con­tin­u­ing sup­port for the TRNC’s projects, es­pe­cially in the fields of ed­u­ca­tion and health.

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