Thursday, February 7, 2013

U.S. Special Envoy To OIC Hussain Travels to Cairo

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Department of State
Washington, DC

February 7, 2013

Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Rashad Hussain is participating in the OIC Heads of State Summit held in Cairo, Egypt February 6-7. On the margins of the summit, Special Envoy Hussain will hold bilateral meetings with Egyptian leaders, Secretary Generals of the OIC and Arab League, and other leaders from OIC and Arab League countries. He will discuss a number of issues including the situations in Syria and Mali, U.S. engagement with Muslim communities around the world, and religious freedom in OIC countries, including for Christian and other communities.

President Barack Obama announced the appointment of Rashad Hussain as Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on February 13, 2010. The OIC is comprised of 56 nations and is the second largest international body after the UN.

As Special Envoy to the OIC, Mr. Hussain seeks to deepen and expand the partnerships that the United States has pursued with Muslims around the world.

Mr. Hussain has also served as Deputy Associate Counsel to President Obama, focusing on national security, new media, and science and technology issues. Mr. Hussain worked with the National Security Staff in developing and pursuing the New Beginning that President Obama outlined in his June 2009 address in Cairo, Egypt. Before joining the White House, Mr. Hussain was a member of the legal staff for the Presidential Transition Team. Mr. Hussain previously served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hussain was a legislative assistant on the House Judiciary Committee, where he focused on national security-related issues.

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