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UN, EU, OSCE invited to OIC meeting on Islamophobia

Participants pose for a photo during the extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey on 13 December 2017 [Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency]

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will discuss the terrorist attack in New Zealand and increasing violence as a result of Islamophobia in its meeting tomorrow.

“Turkey, as the OIC Summit Chair, has called upon holding an emergency meeting for discussing the increasing violence based on Islamophobia, racism, and xenophobia, in particular, the terrorist attack targeted two mosques in New Zealand on 15 March 2019,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement today.

Within that framework, the OIC Open Ended Executive Committee Emergency Ministerial Meeting will be held in Istanbul tomorrow, chaired by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

It added that representatives from international organisations such as the UN, EU, and Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) are also invited to the meeting.

On 15 March, at least 50 Muslims were killed when a terrorist opened fire on worshippers during the weekly Friday prayers at the Al-Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

READ: New Zealand foreign minister headed to Turkey to ‘confront’ Erdogan’s mosque shooting comments

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