Political disputes split the seventh Islamic Foreign Minsters conference -- but the 42 delegations form Africa, Asia and the Middle East showed their spiritual unity with prayers at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, on Friday (14 May).
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Background: Political disputes split the seventh Islamic Foreign Minsters conference -- but the 42 delegations form Africa, Asia and the Middle East showed their spiritual unity with prayers at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, on Friday (14 May).
The foreign minsters answered a call to prayer by 16 Muezzins hailing the faithful from the six minarets of the Blue Mosque -- so called because of its 17th century wall decorations. It is the only mosque in the world with six minarets.
But scores of resolutions and a joint communique did not show the same unanimity on political questions discussed during the meeting.
Conference sources said there were differences between Arab and African states on the question of Eritrea, Ethiopia, where Moslem separatists are fighting a guerrilla war against the Ethiopian government.
The conference was extended for a day by a head-on clash between Egypt and Syria over middle East policy. Reports said the two Arab states had worked out a compromise resolution for presentation to a final plenary session.
The three-day conference had been due to end on Friday, but the row blew up on the final day over a draft resolution which said the conference should demand Israel's expulsion from the Untied Nations.