OIC chief Madani: Islamic State ‘harms Islam’

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- Iyad Madani, head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), asserted Tuesday that the so-called “Islamic State” militant group “harms Islam.”

“None of the [Islamic State’s] acts or principles align with the tolerant teachings of Islam,” Madani told reporters in Cairo following a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

He said his visit to Cairo would feature discussions with Egyptian officials ahead of an upcoming meeting of the OIC’s executive committee devoted to the “danger the Islamic State poses to Iraq and the region, as well as to Islam.”

The meeting is tentatively slated for September 9 at OIC headquarters in Jeddah, Madani said.

Madani went on to say he was scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi later on Tuesday.

The Islamic State, formerly known as “the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant,” has captured large swathes of Iraqi and Syrian territory following a large-scale attack in early June.

The U.S. has since begun carrying out “limited” airstrikes on areas of Iraq now controlled by the militant group.


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