Speaking to reporters at the meeting, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri described Israel's offensive in Lebanon as a "massacre" that has angered Muslims around the world and could provoke a clash of civilizations.
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi criticized the United Nations Security Council for not taking a harder line against Israel, and called on Muslim countries to be ready to commit forces to a proposed UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon.
(compiled from agency reports)
CLASH OF ARMS: Since mid-July, Israel has been battling Hizballah guerrillas in southern Lebanon and carrying out punishing air strikes throughout the country. International efforts to broker a cease-fire have met with one obstacle after another, as civilian casualties mount and a humanitarian crisis unfolds. Since Hizballah is closely supported by Syria and Iran, the conflict threatens constantly to develop into a regional conflagration.... (more)