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OIC head meets Obama advisor

05 June 2013 13:09 (Last updated 05 June 2013 13:11)

OIC SG Ihsanoglu met Deputy National Security Advisor Blinken


Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu met Tony Blinken, Deputy National Security Adviser and Assistant of the US President Barack Obama, where Syria was at the top of the agenda.

Ihsanoglu and Blinken gathered to assess the current partnership between OIC and the US and to exchange ideas on fields where cooperation could be enhanced, National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a written statement.

The leaders reportedly discussed the Syrian civil war and  in particular the ongoing conflict in the city of Qusair, as well as the Middle East solution process, and international issues concerning Myanmar, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Blinken thanked Ihsanoglu for his leadership at OIC and pledged to further relations, Hayden said.

While in the US capital Washington, Ihsanoglu paid visits to politicians Jim McGovern and Kerry Bentivolio in the House of Representatives.

OIC is the second largest international organization with 57 members behind the United Nations, with which it has a permanent delegation. Ihsanoglu took office in 2005 as the first "democratically elected" secretary general, OIC website says.