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Jakarta Hosts Extraordinary Meeting Of OIC Foreign Ministers On Palestine

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From Azeman Ariffin

JAKARTA: Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman is leading the country’s delegation to the 5th Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif being held here Monday.

More than 600 delegates from 57 OIC member countries and two international organisations are attending the meeting.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in his opening remarks, said he hoped that the resolution of the extraordinary summit could be implemented immediately.

As a show of support of the Indonesian Government for the settlement of the Palestine issue in the near future, Indonesia would officially open a consular office in Ramallah, he said.

Indonesia would also provide US$1 million and continue offering capacity- building programmes, he added.

Joko said the basic rights and freedom of the Palestinian people should not be forgotten, and added that the summit was mainly to voice out and express support for the freedom of Palestine.

Indonesia had always pushed for the UN Security Council to make decisions regarding Palestine, including in the form of presidential statements or resolutions, as a reflection of the responsibility of the UN Security Council in maintaining international peace and security.

The summit is expected to come out with a resolution that reaffirmed the principled positions and commitments of the OIC to support Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif, and a Jakarta Declaration, initiated by Indonesia, which contains concrete steps to support the cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif.


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