RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has called for an extraordinary summit of Muslim leaders to be held next month to address risks of “sedition” threatening Muslim countries, state news agency SPA reported on Sunday.
King Abdullah has called for “an extraordinary Islamic solidarity meeting to ensure unity during this delicate time as the Muslim world faces dangers of fragmentation and sedition,” SPA quoted Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal as saying.
King Abdullah wishes to convene the summit in mid-August in a bid at “unifying the ranks” of Muslims, the report said. There were no details concerning the agenda of the meeting.But the announcement comes amid a spike in deadly violence across Syria, where more than 19,000 have been killed since an uprising erupted in March 2011 against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
In a separate statement, SPA reported that the Saudi monarch has called for launching a campaign to raise funds “in support of our brothers in Syria” starting on Monday. “The donations will be from all the kingdom’s regions” urging all Saudis” to participate in the campaign.” Saudi Arabia hosts the headquarters of the 57-member pan-Muslim body, the Organisation of Islamic Conference based in Jeddah.