What is the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)?

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Overview:

India recently rejected the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) "unwarranted references" to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

About the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC):

  • It is the second-largest intergovernmental organization in the world after the United Nations, with a collective population reaching over 1.8 billion.
  • It has a membership of 57 states spread over four continents
  • Objective: It aims to preserve Islamic values, safeguard and defend the national sovereignty and independence of member states, and contribute to international peace and security. 
  • The OIC is the collective voice of the Muslim world to ensure and safeguard their interest in economic, socio, and political areas. 
  • It was established in September 1969.
  • HeadquartersJeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Its official languages are Arabic, English, and French.
  • The OIC partners with international mechanisms (including every specialized UN agency), governments, and civil society organizations (CSOs) to address issues of concern to its member states and Muslims worldwide.

 


Q1) What is the Arab League?

Arab League, also called League of Arab States (LAS) is a regional organization of Arab states in the Middle East and parts of Africa, formed in Cairo on March 22, 1945. The founding member states were Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Transjordan (now Jordan), Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.

Source: India rejects OIC's 'unwarranted references' on Jammu &  Kashmir