Preparatory meeting of Islamic Summit Conference start in Saudi Arabia

Jeddah, Foreign ministers’ preparatory meeting for the 14th Ordinary Session of the Islamic Summit Conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation began in Jeddah chaired by Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Assaf.

In a speech at the opening session, the OIC Secretary-General Yousuf bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen expressed appreciation and gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, for Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the Summit and its preparatory meetings.

He also thanked the Republic of Turkey for presiding over the Thirteenth Summit of the OIC.

The secretary general highlighted the need for coordination to adopt an international stance to put an end to the Israeli occupation and end the suffering of the Palestinian people.

He stressed that extremism and terrorism remain one of the greatest threats to security and stability in the Muslim world and the world in general, especially as they aim to undermine the cohesion of societies and disrupt the growth of member countries.

For his part, Al-Assaf stressed that the Islamic world is facing challenges and changes that are extremely dangerous, including interference in the internal affairs of Islamic countries, increasing numbers of displaced persons and refugees and the spread of extremism, terrorism and sectarianism.

As for the Palestinian issue, Assaf stressed that it is Saudi Arabia’s top issue, affirming the need for the Palestinian people to achieve their full rights and establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative.

Source: Jordan News Agency