OIC stresses solidarity with Sudan in spite of ICC decision
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    KHARTOUM, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) stressed on Saturday its solidarity with Sudan in spite of an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

    This came in a press statement made by OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu following his meeting with the Sudanese president.

    Ihsanoglu said that the positions of his organization and the decisions it had been taken in addition to diplomatic efforts it had carried out were all in the interest of the Sudanese people.

    The OIC was a good framework and essential to overcome the Darfur crisis as the conflicting parties in the Darfur region were all Islamic parties, he said.

    The OIC chief said "on the international level, the organization will continue its contacts in the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations" to ease the impacts of the ICC decision.

    "The ambassadors of the organization's member states are doing a great deal of works both in New York and Geneva" for the same purpose, he noted.

    Meanwhile, the state-run SUNA news agency reported that during the meeting, the Sudanese president expressed his appreciation of the OIC's clear position in sympathy with the issues of the Sudanese people.

    Al-Bashir also appreciated the OIC's position standing by Sudan in the recent developments following the issuance of the ICC decision, according to the report.

    The two sides also discussed the role of Islamic organizations in the relief works and humanitarian aspects in Darfur.

    Ihsanoglu was the third chief of a major regional organization to visit Khartoum and meet the Sudanese president since the ICC issued on March 4 the arrest warrant against the al-Bashir.

    Similar visits had been paid earlier by Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab league, and Jean Ping, commissioner of the African Union.

Editor: Yan
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