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42nd OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Kuwait, preparatory meeting began

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(Jeddah-AlummahWorld, 17 Jumada ath Thaniyah 1436, 06 April 2015) The senior officials’ preparatory meeting for the 42nd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers—entitled “Joint Vision in Promoting Tolerance and Reject Terrorism”—began at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah on Sunday April 5.

The three-day meeting is being held to discuss political affairs, especially Palestine, conflict in the Muslim world, the fight against international terrorism, Islamaphobia and the defaming of religions, humanitarian affairs, legal matters, the media and the OIC’s Ten-Year Program of Action.

The meeting is being held in the run up to the next Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) that is scheduled to be held on May 27-28 in Kuwait.

Ambassador Mohammad Ahmad Tayeb, Saudi Arabia’s representative to the OIC, and whose country chaired the 41st CFM, opened the meeting with a speech. Amb. Tayeb said that the common challenges facing the Muslim world require a concerted effort to find solutions to disputes, conflicts and sectarianism within a country.

He added that the meeting would also discuss requesting a resolution from the Council of Foreign Ministers condemning the Houthi coup in Yemen and supporting the ongoing military intervention as part of Operation Decisive Storm.

Following Tayeb, and as Kuwait took over the chairmanship of the CFM, Jassim Mubark Al-Mubaraki, Director of the Department of International Organizations at the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs, delivered a speech highlighting the efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia during its chairmanship of the 41st Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers.

He said that the title of the coming foreign ministers meeting—“Shared Vision in Promoting Tolerance and Renouncing Terrorism”—was reached at a time when the Muslim world is facing unprecedented challenges with the emergence of groups that are killing in the name of Islam and which tarnish the image of Muslims, something that demands of us to defend our faith.

Iyad Amin Madani, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, also delivered a speech in which he offered his thanks and appreciation to Saudi Arabia which is where the OIC headquarters is based, and to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz (may God protect him) for his attention and care and ongoing support for the OIC and its activities.
The Secretary-General briefed the meeting on a number of issues undertaken by the OIC, including Palestine—the main issue for OIC. He added that efforts are underway to prepare for an Islamic Summit to discuss the serious situation in Jerusalem.

Madani also renewed his call for people to visit Al-Aqsa. “It is a permissible and encouraged matter according to the International Islamic Fiqh Academy which reached this decision in its 22nd session held in Kuwait last month,” he said. He also pointed out the benefits of visiting Jerusalem, the most prominent is encouraging the people of Palestine to remain steadfast and "prove our right to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

In relation to the critical developments in Yemen caused by the Houthi coup, Madani renewed the OIC’s support for steps taken by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia. The action was taken following a request from the Yemeni leadership.

He further highlighted the OIC’s efforts on several fronts across the Muslim world, including Syria, Libya, Somalia, Mali and The Sahel Countries, Afghanistan, Sudan, Central Asia, Iraq, Kashmir, as well as developments in relation to terrorism, extremism and Muslim minorities.