|Delegates pose for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Cairo, capital of Egypt, Feb. 6, 2013. The 12th summit of the OIC started in Cairo on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)
CAIRO, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) started in Cairo on Wednesday.
About 27 heads of Islamic states and 29 representatives participated in the summit. As the rotating chairman of the OIC, Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi will deliver a speech.
It is the first OIC summit hosted by Egypt since the establishment of the organization in 1969.
Its Ministerial Council, which is composed of the foreign ministers of member states, convenes annually while the summit is held once every three years.
The summit is expected to issue "The Cairo Declaration," a final statement over the members' attitude toward the national, regional and international issues, official news agency MENA reported.
Other reports said the priority topics in the upcoming summit mainly include Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories and the situation in Syria and Mali.