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OIC to meet on Somalia famine in Istanbul

(Xinhua)

09:41, August 17, 2011

ISTANBUL, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is set to meet in Turkey's largest city Istanbul on Wednesday to discuss the famine in Somalia.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu are expected to attend the meeting, which will focus on ways to help the more than 3 million people affected by the famine in Somalia.

Davutoglu will host an iftar (fast-breaking dinner) for the participants that include OIC Secretary General Ekmeliddin Ihsanoglu, the prime minister of Somalia and the foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Tajikistan. Iran's economy minister is also expected to attend.

Eastern Africa is facing a severe drought that has affected millions of people.

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