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Islamic Group Chief to Meet UN, U.S. on Syria Aid, Hurriyet Says

March 15, 2012

The chairman of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation will discuss coordinating humanitarian aid to Syria with the United Nations and the U.S., Hurriyet reported.

President Bashar al-Assad’s government told the OIC in a letter that they would consent to coordination of aid efforts by the 57-nation bloc, according to the Istanbul-based newspaper. Chairman Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu will meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a visit to the U.S., Hurriyet reported.

Following Ihsanoglu’s visit, the OIC will send a delegation of five people to Syria to identify needs and discuss the procedures for delivering aid, the newspaper said. The group will demand “unhindered access,” it said.

More than 7,500 Syrians have died in Assad’s yearlong crackdown on dissent, according to UN estimates. The world body is preparing food aid to last 1.5 million people for 90 days, Hurriyet reported.

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