Syrian state media on Thursday slammed a decision by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to suspend the country's membership, saying the body served "Western colonialism" and its members supported "terrorists."
Earlier Thursday, at the end of an emergency meeting in Mecca, the OIC announced it had suspended Syria's membership of the 57-nation body, and expressed "deep concern at the massacres and inhuman acts suffered by the Syrian people
State-run Syrian newspaper Tishrin accused the OIC of being a "cunning devil," saying the organization's suspension of Syria was unsurprising, given its "sectarian doctrine, which is at odds with the essence of true Islam."
The Syrian ruling elite belongs to the minority Shiite Alawite sect, and most members of the OIC, particularly strong contenders such as Saudi Arabia, are predominantly Sunni Muslim.
The Mecca summit was called by Saudi King Abdullah, whose country is supporting Syrian rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
The ruling party newspaper Al-Baath described the summit as one of "true extremism...dominated by Wahhabism," in reference to the dominant strand of Sunni Islam from which Saudi Arabia's ruling elite emanates.
Tishrin accused the OIC of furthering the "Western colonialist project...in the region, which aims to bring down the Syrian state and sow sectarian strife."
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