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Islamic body agrees to suspend Syria

  • Foreign ministers at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have agreed to suspend Syria from the international body, according to an OIC source familiar with the matter.

    The move comes in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's handling of a 17-month uprising against him and his government.

    The OIC is a body made up of 56 member states plus the Palestinian Authority and aims to represent Muslim interests on a global platform. Iran was the only member to oppose the decision.

    The ministers held the talks on Monday before the start of a two-day summit in Mecca.

    The formal decision requires a two-thirds majority, meaning that Iran alone will not be able to defeat the motion, and will be taken by OIC leaders and announced on Wednesday.