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Summit shows king's responsibility to Ummah, says justice minister.

The Minister of Justice, Muhammad Al-Eisa, commended Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for his call to hold an emergency Islamic summit in Makkah on Aug. 14-15.

"The King's call reflects his true sentiment towards the wellbeing of the Islamic world and his great concern for the issues of the Islamic nation. It also represents the immense responsibility the King takes upon himself with regards to major developments taking place in the Islamic arena," he said.

Speaking to the Saudi Press Agency, Al-Eisa said that the Islamic world, together with the rest of the world, pins great hopes on Saudi Arabia not only in addressing problems in the Arab and Islamic world but also in contributing to tackling international issues.

"History bears witness to the fact that the Kingdom's policies and positions are key in addressing major issues in the world, especially in the Arab and Islamic world. The pioneering initiative taken by King Abdullah emphasizes the fact that the Kingdom is a safe haven for the "Ummah", both in its affairs and in its worries," he said.

According to Al-Eisa, the most significant feature of King Abdullah's policy is striving to unite the Islamic nation, closing its ranks and offering panacea for its illnesses with full devotedness to its causes. "Everyone knows that King Abdullah possesses the qualities of transparency, goodwill and effectiveness in the handling of issues. The King is an influential world leader whose deeds go hand in hand with his words and he is the staunch advocate of historic initiatives for peace, dialogue and the abandonment of violence and division, in addition to combating injustice and despotism," he said.

Meanwhile, the Rabat-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), an affiliate of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), called on the Muslim world to set aside differences and disagreements that undermine Muslim unity and weaken its capabilities. In a statement issued on the eve of the emergency Makkah Islamic summit, Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General of ISESCO, stressed on the significance of deepening Islamic solidarity and reinforcing and cementing integration, cooperation and coordination among all Muslim countries with a view to fulfilling the expectations and hopes of the Muslim nation.

Altwaijri said that ISESCO believes that the only way to face the challenges facing the Muslim world is to liven Muslim unity on the basis of brotherhood and to consolidate integration on the basis of the OIC charter principles.

Mohammad Al-Aziz ibn Ashour, director general of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALESCO), said that the call for the Makkah summit by King Abdullah would enliven the spirit of solidarity of the Muslim nation. Speaking to the Saudi Press Agency, Ibn Ashour said that the summit is an invaluable initiative to counter those who try to create division and discord among Muslims, in addition to boosting our values of tolerance, solidarity and moderation.

"The solidarity summit is another giant step among the initiatives being taken by Saudi Arabia to strengthen the unity of the Islamic nation as well as to confront challenges facing the Ummah. There is no doubt that the conference would represent the historic responsibility of the Muslim leaders to exert efforts to end conflict involving members of the Islamic nation," he added.

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Date:Aug 13, 2012
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