Islamic bloc lobbies for a Syria without Assad

The head of the world’s largest bloc of Islamic countries said Tuesday there should be no place for President Bashar Assad in the foreseeable future in Syria. Iyad Madani, the secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, spoke on the eve of a new round of indirect peace talks in Geneva. Madani spoke after a meeting of OIC member-states’ foreign ministers in Istanbul. Madani said the 57-member OIC does not believe Assad can be “part of the solution.” He says that the Syrian president “is not even part of the problem. He is the problem itself.”



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