Moslem Foreign Ministers opened their three-day conference in Karachi on Saturday (26 Dec) with a general debate.
Moslem Foreign Ministers opened their three-day conference in Karachi on Saturday (26 Dec) with a general debate. The main item on the agenda of the ministers -- from 23 countries -- is the Middle East, although Iraq, Syria and South Yemen are notable absentees.
The conference was opened by the Pakistani President Yahya Khan and one of the first acts was the endorsing of the nomination of Tunku Abdul Rahman, the former Malaysian Premier, as the first secretary-general of the Islamic secretariat, to be based in Jeddah. The Pakistani Chief delegate, Abdul Mutaleb Malik, was as the conference chairman.
Although Iraq, Syria and South Yemen have not sent delegations, the Middle East is not unrepresented and the Arab League and the Palestine Liberation Organisation have sent observers.
As well as the developments in the Middle East the conference will discuss the organisation and financing of the Islamic secretariat; and economic and cultural cooperation -- which includes a proposed Moslem bank and an international Moslem news agency.