JEDDAH, 3rd September, 2016 (WAM) — The Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad bin Amin Madani, has expressed his sincere sympathy and condolences on the death of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, to the Acting President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Nigmatilla Yoldashev.

In a message to Yuldashev, Madani expressed his deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences at the passing away of President Karimov.

Madani said that the people of Uzbekistan and the Muslim Ummah have lost a visionary leader, whose absence will be particularly felt by the OIC as it was his firm commitment to the causes of the Muslim World that led Uzbekistan to assume the Chairmanship of the 43rd OIC Council of Ministers (CFM).