Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – UPSC Prelims

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC):
  • The OIC is an international organization founded in 1969.
  • Members: It consists of 57 member states including Iran and Pakistan.
  • Administrative centre (headquarters): Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Objective:
    • Raise the collective voice of the Muslim world.
    • Collectively work to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony.
    • OIC has permanent delegations to United Nations and the European Union.
  • Issues with India: In this organisation, India is a blocked country, though it has about 12% of the world’s Muslim population. India has been blocked by Pakistan from joining the OIC over Kashmir issue.
  • OIC regard parts of Kashmir as “occupied by India”.
  • It is second largest inter-governmental organization after UN.

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