Mauritania hosts 49th OIC FMs’ session

RABAT, March 16 (KUNA) — The 49th session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers Council kicked off Thursday in Mauritania under the slogan of “moderation is the valve of security and stability”.

During the opening of the session, Mauritanian President Mohammad Ould Ghazouani stressed the need to a safe, stable and economically integrated Islamic world as the globe is facing security, economic and environmental crises that requires a lot of solidarity and unification of efforts to tackle them.

He urged the OIC member states to exert all possible efforts to settle the current disputes among them in a way that maintains the sovereignty of every country.

He called for enhancing joint Islamic action to achieve economic integration, share expertise, develop intra-trade, promote investments, and create an environment that encourages and directs Islamic capital to contribute to building sustainable development.

Meanwhile, OIC Secretary General Hussein Taha highlighted “dangerous” developments and conditions facing the Palestinian cause and Al-Quds Al-Sharif because of escalation of the Israeli occupation’s crimes like systematic murder and terrorism, and well as continued settlement and judaization of Jerusalem (Al-Quds).

The Israeli acts are a flagrant violation of the international humanitarian law and relevant UN decisions, he said.

Taha emphasized that these ‘serious’ challenges require unifying stances and doubling efforts to urge the international community to put an end to Israeli crimes and violations, implement international legitimacy resolutions, provide international protection for the Palestinian people, and hold Israeli officials accountable for crimes committed against the Palestinian people through international justice mechanisms.

He further referred to situations in the OIC member states, mainly Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Cyprus.

For his part, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called for enhancing efforts to combat islamophobia, mainly after the United Nations adopted an international day to combat it. Zardari, whose country chaired the 48th session, pointed to the challenges facing the Islamic world that have increased by floods, earthquakes and the repercussions of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

He urged the OIC member states to show solidarity and support countries facing challenges, especially through the donor countries’ fulfillment of their obligations. (end)

Source: Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)