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Danish Foreign Minister met Saudi Crown Prince and OIC Secretary General

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(Jeddah-AlummahWorld-15 September 2014) Denmark trying to repair relations with Muslim country as Danish Foreign Minister visited Jeddah to meet Saudia Crowon Prince and Secretary General of OIC.Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense received at his palace in Jeddah the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Denmark Martin Lidegaard and his accompanying delegation.
According to Saudi News Agency, during the meeting, they reviewed the prospects for cooperation between the two countries, on regional and international issues.
The audience was attended by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Cabinet's Member, and Chief of Crown Prince's Court and Special Adviser, and Saudi Ambassador to Denmark Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Aqeel.
Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, also met with Martin Lideggard, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Denmark, who was accompanied by an official delegation.

According to the statement issued by the OIC, the discussions during the meeting focused on the bilateral relations between the OIC and Denmark in all areas of mutual concern and the need to strengthen joint cooperation in order to enhance socio-economic development in Muslim countries.

The meeting discussed regional and international developments, including the situation in the Middle East, countering terrorism and extremism, and intercultural and inter-religious dialogue.

Denmark has been facing tough reactions from Muslims around the world after controversial blasphemous images against Islamic faith released in Danish Newspaper in 2005. Since the incidents, people in many Muslim countries demanded to boycott Danish products. These counter measures said be hurting Danish economy continuously. Danish Foreign Minister visit to Jeddah regarded as Denmark efforts to gain some support from Saudi Arabia and OIC.

Earlier in February this year, after Denmark ban on Halal slaughtering in the country, there was immediate condemnation from local Muslims and Jews communities as well as Islamic countries.

Later, facing growing calls for boycott over its ban on halal slaughter, Denmark has attempted to play down growing criticism by Muslims around the world, confirming that the Islamic slaughter or Zabeeha is still legal in the north Nordic European country.