The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) conference raised the Palestine and Jerusalem issue. This year, the OIC meeting focuses on the Palestinian cause and asked Iran to review its policies to stop the spread of disorder in the middle east.
While speaking at the 46th session of the Foreign Ministers’ Conference of the OIC at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said: “We reiterate our demands to our neighbour Iran to review its policy and to stop interference in the affairs of states, supporting groups that fuel conflicts and to stop supporting, financing and arming terrorist organisations that clearly violate our [OIC] Charter, the Charter of the United Nations and our Islamic values.”
“Iran continues to commit terrorist activities, flaring up sectarian sedition, supporting terrorism and occupying three UAE islands”, said Adel Al Jubeir, Saudi State Minister for Foreign Affairs representing the Arab Group.
Amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, Shaikh Abdullah said the OIC needed to have a stronger role in consolidating international peace efforts.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation opened the two-day conference – which started on Friday morning – in the presence of Dr Yousuf Al Othaimeen, secretary general of the organisation, with the participation of 56 member states and five observer states.
India was invited as the guest of honour at the conference. Indian Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, offered peace and called for combating terror in her speech. However, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quraishi boycotted the OIC meeting in protest over India being invited to the event.
“This OIC meeting focuses on the Palestinian cause, especially as there is a tendency towards normalisation with the occupying state by some Islamic countries, which we have seen recently,” said Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad Al Maliki.
Palestinian Foreign Minister expressed his optimism saying, the “focus would return to Palestine after this conference in the UAE capital, with the event hopefully helping to alert member countries to the nature of adjustments being made in the United Nations, leading to the possible rectifying of this issue”.
“Hope this meeting would strengthen the Palestinian resolve and that Islamic nations would provide support to the Palestinian cause so that they can confront the occupying state with its actions in the holy city, especially with regard to Al Aqsa Mosque”, Maliki added.
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