CAIRO: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is schedule to head Thursday to Istanbul to participate in the 13th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference April 14-15, Youm7 reported.
Shoukry heads an Egyptian delegation as Egypt will hand over the leadership of the 12th Session of the Summit to Turkey. A total of 30 Islamic countries will participate in the summit.
The summit’s theme us “Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace”, according to the official website of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. It will tackle the Palestine issue and Arab-Israeli conflict, situations in the Muslim world, counter-terrorism efforts, Islamophobia, and humanitarian situations. The summit convenes every three years; it was last held in Cairo Feb. 6-7, 2013.
Relations were strained between Ankara and Cairo after the ouster of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 3 by the Egyptian military following protests called for the end of his regime, and Turkish president Erdogan described the ouster as a “coup.”