Saudi FM urges OIC members to unite against regional, continental challenges

JEDDAH, Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf called on Islamic countries to unite against regional and continental challenges, including against Iranian-backed Houthi militias and towards helping the resolution of conflicts in Syria, Libya and Sudan.

Al-Assaf, addressing a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Foreign Ministers in Jeddah, called for condemning the attacks against commercial ships off the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Houthi drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

“These cowardly acts pose direct threat to global economy, regional and international peace and security, and should be firmly confronted,” he said.

He noted the Islamic World was witnessing critical challenges including interference in Islamic countries’ affairs, and spread of terrorism and sectarianism which required a firm action to confront their consequences.

Al-Assaf said the Palestinian conflict with Israel was the major concern of the OIC.

“The Palestinian cause is Saudi Arabia’s prime cause,” he said, and the OIC should be behind the Palestinian people to achieve their independent state on the 1967 borders in line with relevant UN resolutions and Arab peace initiative.

He said Saudi Arabia was keen on stability in Yemen and stood firm against Iranian-backed Houthis who were interferring in the internal affairs of member countries, a matter that should be rejected by OIC.

“We support the UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to achieve a political solution in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2216,” the outcome of national dialogue, GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism, and recent agreement between the Yemeni government and Houthis in Stockholm, Sweden.

Al-Assaf said Saudi Arabia supported the Sudanese people to restore stability and security of their country.

He said critical challenges facing the Islamic world were the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Sudan as well as conditions of the Muslim minorities around the world, including ethnic cleansing against the Rohingyas in Myanmar.

Source: Kuwait News Agency