OIC Secretary-General appoints Special Envoy for Central African Republic

JEDDAH: The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, Iyad Ameen Madani, has appointed a Special Envoy for the Central African Republic (CAR). Dr. Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, a former Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Senegal, is an experienced mediator, a distinguished academician and a top level politician. He is currently the president of an independent think tank, the Institute for Pan-African Strategies, based in Dakar, Senegal.

The appointment of Dr. Gadio comes in the wake of the 20th February 2014 OIC Emergency Executive Committee Meeting on the grave situation prevailing in the Central African Republic, which among other things, requested the Secretary-General to urgently designate a Special Envoy for the CAR.

Mr. Madani, while expressing confidence that Dr. Gadio would use his vast knowledge, skills and contacts to realise the objectives of his new assignment, also urged all OIC member states to extend to him their full support for the success of the mission.