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Organisation of the Islamic Conference

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the achievements of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference since its establishment; and if he will make a statement. (196907)

The Organisation of the Islamic Conference comprises 57 member states from across the Islamic world making it the second largest intergovernmental organisation after the UN. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office considers it an important organisation for intercultural dialogue, reducing poverty and addressing other global and regional issues.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) possibility and (b) merits of having a European Union observer at the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC); what discussions (i) he, (ii) his Department and (iii) UK representatives have had with (A) members and (B) representatives of (1) the governments of members states of the OIC, (2) the Permanent Secretariat of the OIC, (3) the governments of member states of the European Union and (4) the European Commission concerning observer status for the EU; and if he will make a statement. (196909)

Formal contact between the EU and Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) currently takes place on an ad hoc basis. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not sought observer status for the EU at the OIC.