Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is hosting more than 30 heads of state and government, including Saudi king and Iranian president from Islamic countries in Istanbul for a summit aimed at overcoming differences in the Muslim world.
The two-day summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) got underway on Thursday with a speech by Erdogan and the summit will end on Friday with a news conference by Erdogan.
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Prominent guests at the meeting include Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose countries find themselves on opposing sides in the Syria and Yemen conflicts.
Turkey has said it wants to use the meeting to narrow differences between the world’s estimated 1.7 billion Muslims. However, the gathering risks being overshadowed by disputes on issues ranging from Syria to Yemen.