The OIC also asked Indonesia to continue its role in mediating peace efforts between the Philippine government and Muslims in the southern Philippines.
Yudhoyono, on the other hand, emphasized the need for the OIC to continue its reform process and the need for OIC member states to boost trade activities among themselves. He added the member states needed to fulfill their commitment to the “Ten-year Action Plans” signed during the conference in Senegal by increasing intra-Muslim trade volume to 20 percent of the Muslim countries’ total trade from the current 16 percent.
Yudhoyono also met separately with Moroccan Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, who, along with Ihsanoglu, were attending the opening of the four-day Fifth World Islamic Economic Forum.
The four leaders agreed to boost economic cooperation among Islamic countries through the forum.
In his meeting with El Fassi, Yudhoyono praised Morocco’s democracy, citing the upcoming parliamentary elections in the North African country and the emerging role of women in its Cabinet.
Yudhoyono did not, as expected, talk much about Indonesia’s bilateral relations with Malaysia while meeting with Abdullah. Dino said the two “best friends” talked more as friends, with Abdullah set to leave office later this month.
The two leaders, however, agreed they must immediately realize the Chiang Mai Initiative as a follow-up to the recent ASEAN Summit.
The initiative was drafted under the ASEAN Plus Three framework, which aims for the creation of a network of bilateral swap arrangements (BSAs) among ASEAN Plus Three countries.