Jeddah, Sept. 4 (BNA): In a message to Nigmatilla Yuldashev, Acting President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani has expressed his deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences over the late President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan.
President Karimov was hospitalized after suffering a stroke last week where he passed away on Friday, September 2.
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 is 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).
President Karimov, a reputable statesman and a historic leader, had led his country through the period of its independence. Due to his wise leadership and vision, Uzbekistan has achieved development and prosperity. His policy of seeking peace has greatly helped in establishing and consolidating peace and security in the Central Asian region.