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Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, in this December 28, 2004 file photo. Reuters

Riyadh-The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has made an initial approval to a draft resolution proposed by Turkey to blacklist the organization of Fethullah Gulen, an informed source told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

The source said that discussions on considering Gulen’s group a terrorist organization were made in Jeddah on Wednesday during the preparatory meeting for the 43rd round of the OIC’s foreign ministers meeting.

“The OIC discussed the draft resolution proposed by Turkey to consider Fethullah Gulen’s organization terrorist,” the source said, revealing that the OIC took an initial decision to approve the resolution.

However, the final green light to blacklist the organization will be given during the meeting that will be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital, in October.

The base of the OIC witnessed on July 26-28 the preparatory meeting for the organization’s 43rd Foreign Ministers Council summit in Tashkent.

The issue of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict were among the main topics discussed at the Jeddah meeting.

The conferees were briefed about developments in Palestine, Jerusalem, the occupied Syrian Golan heights, Israel’s occupation of Lebanese territories and the current peace process.

Among the top issues on the agenda of the meeting were fighting international terrorism and conflicts in the Islamic world, mainly in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Mali and Jammu and Kashmir.

The conferees also rejected unilateral economic sanctions on members of the OIC, and discussed the reform of the United Nations and the expansion of the Security Council membership.

The meeting that is set to conclude on Thursday is also scheduled to discuss disarmament, Islamophobia, the establishment of new regional offices for the OIC and the situation of Islamic communities in non-member states such as the Philippines and Myanmar.

Furthermore, discussions are set to focus on the OIC’s work plan for the coming years, the independent human rights commission and humanitarian programs in Gaza, Syria, Yemen, Chad, Somalia and other member states.