Islam 'struggles with conflict, phobia'
ISLAMIC leaders from around the globe are at a two day summit in Dakar, struggling to counter wars in their midst and feeling unloved and unfairly treated by the West.
US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, never ending conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and strife in Sudan's Darfur region weigh heavily on the 57-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference as its leaders gather in the Senegalese capital.
OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told foreign ministers at a pre-summit meeting that the leaders of the 1.3 billion Muslims must work on the "pressing issues confronting" them such as the death and destruction in the various countries at war.
But one foreign minister, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP: "We should be able to do something about this conflict. We all want to do something. But our membership and the respective interests involved are too wide for us to take the right action."
1) Islam 'struggles with conflict, phobia'