For the next two days, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation - with status of permanent observer mission to the UN in New York - extraordinary summit will take place in Mecca, discussing the latest top issues for the member countries, among which:
- The decision to suspend Syria's membership from OIC following the serious situation affecting this country. As expected, Iran opposes.
- The issue of democratic transition in the region - including possibly the latest situation in Egypt.
- The idea of this extraordinary meeting was: "to examine the situation in many countries of the Islamic world, intensify efforts to confront this situation, address the sources of discord and division therein, reunite the Islamic ummah and promote Islamic solidarity". A nice objective, but the reality tells that the Islamic countries are divided not only by the classical Shi'a vs. Sunni division line, but also by the clear difference in terms of culture, democratic experience and political committment.
- Afghanistan-Pakistan discussions are scheduled on the sidelines.
- The conference will be attended also by the US Special Envoy Rashad Hussain.