Organisation of Islamic Cooperation(OIC)

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News:Organisation of Islamic Cooperation(OIC) has called on India to repeal its actions revoking Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Facts:

About Organisation of Islamic Cooperation(OIC):

  • OIC is an international organization with the primary objective of safeguarding the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony. 
  • It was established in 1969 after the attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.It is headquartered at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 
  • It is the second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations with a membership of 57 states.Of these,47 are Muslim Majority countries. 
  • The Observer states are (a)Bosnia and Herzegovina (b)Central African Republic (c)Thailand (d)Russia and (e)Turkish Cypriot State. 
  • The OIC also has permanent delegations to the United Nations and the European Union.

India and OIC:

  • India had shown an interest in joining the OIC as a member state at the time of its formation.
  • However,India has never since made a formal application to join OIC as an observer or as a member state.
  • Further,Pakistan has been strongly opposed to India’s inclusion in the OIC.
  • It has argued that India’s inclusion in OIC would violate the rules of the OIC, which require that an aspirant state should not have an ongoing conflict with a member state.