TV press, Istanbul
The 46th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States was held in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Addressing the opening session, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the Palestinian cause as the cause of the entire Islamic world. He said defending al-Quds means defending humanity.
During the meeting, representatives of member states expressed concern over the persecution of Muslims living in non-Muslim countries, calling on the organization to create an initiative to counter such acts.
In turn, Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf spoke about the situation in Afghanistan and called for unity among Muslim nations to overcome the difficulties.
Analysts say the meeting is important in providing an opportunity for Islamic countries to unite their efforts and help each other.
On the sidelines of the OIC meeting, Iranian parliament speaker Mohammed Baqer Qhalibaf met with the Turkish president. Erdogan said the Organization of Islamic Cooperation should help Iran cope with the influx of Afghan refugees.
OIC speakers stressed the importance of the unity of Muslim nations in the face of oppression, violence and human rights violations. They vowed to continue to cooperate to help each other.