ISTANBUL, Turkey, - The 13th summit session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) begins Thursday, with a schedule essentially designed to boost inter-Islamic cooperation through combating terrorism.

The Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, heads the Kuwaiti delegation to the summit.

The Kuwaiti delegation includes First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Premier, Finance Minister and Acting Oil Minister, Anas Al-Saleh and Minister of Justice, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Yaqoub Al-Sanea.

The summit, the first to be hosted by Turkey, groups more than 30 heads of state and premiers.

It tackles Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Iraq and Azerbaijan, among other issues of concern, for the Arab and Muslim nations.

The 57-seat OIC, previously called the Organisation of Islamic Conference, was established in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, in 1969, in the aftermath of an arson that targeted the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Morocco had hosted three previous summits at this level, and Senegal twice. It had been held once in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Qatar, Iran, Malaysia and Egypt.

The Arab-Israeli conflict had been on top of these conferences' agendas.

Source: Name News Network