Organization for the Islamic Conference Appoints Chad’s Hissein Taha as Sec-Gen

Chadian career diplomat, Hissein Brahim Taha, was Saturday appointed by consensus the secretary-general of the Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC).

His appointment was made at the 47th session of the Committee of OIC Foreign Ministers that opened Friday in Niamey, Niger.

Taha, who succeeds Yousef bin Ahmed Bin Abdul Rahman al-Othaimeen of Saudi Arabia, was born in 1951 in Abéché, a town in eastern Chad.

He held several positions, including that of first adviser at the Chadian embassy in Saudi Arabia; ambassador in Taipeh (Taiwan) and France, before becoming minister of Foreign Affairs, then Deputy Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Chad since January 2019.

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“Congratulations to our compatriot, Ambassador Hissein Brahim Taha on his appointment as head of the OIC General Secretariat. A huge pride for the country, I wish him every success in carrying out this exhilarating mission,” Chadian Head of State Idriss Deby Itno tweeted.

The OIC, the second largest organization after the United Nations with 57 member states in four continents, is the voice of the Muslim world created by decision at the summit in Rabat, Morocco, on September 25, 1969.

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