The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held its 12th Islamic Summit Conference. The theme of the conference which was held in Cairo was ‘The Muslim World: New Challenges and Expanding Opportunity’.
The summit was addressed by Dewsbury Peer Baroness Sayeeda Warsi who also met Pope Tawadros II and Shaykh Al Azhar during her visit.
Warsi said that it was a privilege to be the first British Government Minister to address the OIC heads of state meeting.
She said: “I am delighted to be here in Egypt, which among many other things is the home of Al Azhar, the ‘Manaratul ‘Ilm’ for many Muslims across the world.
“I was deeply honoured to have met His Eminence the Shaykh Al Azhar yesterday and His Holiness Pope Tawadros II today.”
She focused her speech on the issue of Islamophobia, “I believe that the answer is to tackle religious intolerance head-on where and when it occurs, and to protect the rights of all in society,” she said.
Along with Warsi the only British representative to address the OIC was Muslim Council of Britain Secretary General Farooq Murad, who said:
“It was an honour to be invited to attend this very important world summit alongside the heads of the state delegation of 57 Islamic Countries. It provided me, as well as Baroness Warsi, the only other participant from the UK, a unique opportunity to showcase the positive image of our country and our community to leaders of the Muslim world.”