Guyana foreign minister meets new Islamic organisation head
Guyana’s foreign minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birket, met last week with the new secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Amin Madani, on the sidelines of the United Nations 69th General Assembly,
Guyana and Suriname, the only two Latin American and Caribbean countries to do so, joined the OIC in the 1990s.
Madani recently was elected to the top OIC position by consensus. Madani attended the State University of Arizona and has authored several books in English and Arabic. He is seen as a progressive reformist. He also held a cabinet position in the Saudi government, was head of the Islamic International News Agency, Haj minister and culture and information minister.
Discussion between Madani and Rodrigues-Birket focused on expanding Guyana’s ties with the OIC in the fields of sports, education, social and economic development.
In a press release, the OIC said, “The meeting with the foreign minister of Guyana, Ms Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, also focused on involving Guyana more in the activities of the OIC.”
Rodrigues-Birkett, referring to the meeting, said, “We discussed, among other things, scholarships that are available to Guyanese offered by OIC countries.”
Madani expressed his intention to visit Guyana in the near future.