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Friday, January 02, 2009

Muslim Groups Call for Direct Meeting with Secretary of State on Gaza

PRESS RLEASE



2nd January 2009



Muslim Groups Call for Direct Meeting with Secretary of State on Gaza



At an emergency meeting held yesterday, to coordinate the Muslim community’s response on developments in Gaza, The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) national affiliates and supporting organisations reaffirmed their call for direct engagement with the Secretary of State.



MCB Deputy Secretary-General Dr Daud Abdullah and co-ordinating chair of the crisis meetings said, ‘In view of the rapidly deteriorating situation, we feel that a meeting with the Foreign Secretary is vital to discuss our country’s stance on the conflict.’



In the light of the unavailability of the Foreign Secretary for a direct meeting with the Muslim community, the national affiliates and supporting organisations declined an invitation to a FCO briefing scheduled for today.



‘There is widespread consternation that our government, along with the United States, did not approve a vote in the Security Council, calling for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the siege of Gaza. We find this incomprehensible given the dire humanitarian crisis,’ Dr Abdullah added.



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Notes to Editors:

The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK's largest Muslim umbrella body with around 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.


Media enquiries should be addressed to the MCB Media Office on 0845 26 26 786 or 07956 353 738. Email: media@mcb.org.uk.



Non-media enquiries should be addressed to the MCB Office at The Muslim Council of Britain, PO Box 57330, London E1 2WJ. Tel: 0845 26 26 786 Fax: 0207 247 7079



This press release and other MCB publications and information are available on the MCB website at www.mcb.org.uk

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