Middle East

Head of Saudi-based Islamic group resigns after Egypt joke

FILE- In this March 3, 2015, file photo, Iyad bin Amin Madani, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), addresses his statement during the session of the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Madani has resigned after making a joke about the purportedly frugal ways of Egypt's president. The OIC said late Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, that Madani resigned "for health reasons." (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)

FILE- In this March 3, 2015, file photo, Iyad bin Amin Madani, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), addresses his statement during the session of the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Madani has resigned after making a joke about the purportedly frugal ways of Egypt's president. The OIC said late Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, that Madani resigned "for health reasons." (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

The secretary-general of the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation has resigned after making a joke about the purportedly frugal ways of Egypt's president.

The OIC said late Monday that Iyad bin Amin Madani resigned "for health reasons." However, his resignation comes as Egypt criticized Madani days earlier after he confused the Tunisian president's name with that of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, then said: "I am sure your fridge has more than water."

El-Sissi earlier had claimed that for a decade his fridge had nothing but water, in a message to Egyptians to bear harsh economic conditions.

The controversy comes as relations between Saudi Arabia and Egypt are strained over the wars in Syria and Yemen, as well as economic issues.

The 57-nation OIC is the largest body of Islamic nations.