Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
- The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations with a membership of 57 states.
- The majority of its member states are Muslim-majority countries, while others have significant Muslim populations, including several African and South American countries.
- India is neither a member nor an observer of the OIC.
- The organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world to ensure and safeguard their interest on economic socio and political areas.
- Under its charter, the OIC aims at promoting Islamic solidarity and co-operation among its Member and Observer States in the political, economic, social, cultural, humanitarian, scientific and related spheres.
- The OIC has observer status at the United Nations, on a reciprocal basis, and it co-operates with the United Nations in all areas of concern, including support to the Governments of Member States in their efforts to promote the economic and social development of their countries and peoples.
- Its Headquarters is in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Why in News?
- The Ministry of External Affairs has condemned a statement issued by the General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Jammu and Kashmir and said that the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is and will remain an integral and inalienable part of India.
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