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The launch of the fifteenth Islamic Summit in Gambia

Banjul (UNA) - The fifteenth session of the Islamic Summit Conference for the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation began its work today in Banjul, the capital of the Republic of The Gambia, in the presence of heads of state and government of the member states of the organization and high-level figures from non-member states.

The two-day summit will be held under the slogan “Strengthening unity and solidarity through dialogue for sustainable development.”

The summit began its work with a speech by the President of the previous session, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, delivered by Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan stressed that the Palestinian issue remains a priority for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation since its establishment, which expresses the voice of the Islamic nation and its living conscience in supporting the brotherly Palestinian people and lifting injustice against them until they obtain all their legitimate rights, guaranteed by international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative. .

He stressed that since the outbreak of the attacks, the Kingdom has spared no effort, in cooperation with sister countries and active countries, to protect and provide relief to civilians in Palestine. His Highness reiterated the Kingdom’s demands for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, the provision of safe humanitarian and relief corridors, and an end to the suffering of the brotherly Palestinian people by enabling them to obtain all their legitimate rights. Including his right to self-determination, establishing his independent state, and living in safety.

The Saudi Foreign Minister noted that the Kingdom devoted its presidency in the previous session to strengthening joint Islamic action, crystallizing positions, unifying ranks, and taking positive action at all levels to confront common threats, and confront provocative actions towards Islamic symbols and the sanctity of the Noble Qur’an, and acts of hatred, racism, and Islamophobia.

He explained that the Kingdom continues its role in uniting Muslims and uniting their word, and initiating everything that would contribute to strengthening the organization’s role in resolving conflicts and achieving regional and global peace and security, stressing the Kingdom’s continuation of its approach to combating terrorism and drying up its sources of financing at the national and international levels.

The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Hussein Ibrahim Taha, delivered a speech in which he stressed that the Palestinian issue remains the central issue of the organization, and urged member states to redouble efforts to make the international community assume its responsibility towards stopping the ongoing aggression and genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank, including In that Holy Jerusalem.

Hussein Ibrahim Taha also called on the member states of the organization to continue mobilizing international support to recognize the State of Palestine and help it obtain full membership in the United Nations.

The Secretary-General announced the establishment of a media observatory in the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to document and shed light in the media on the outcome of the brutal Israeli aggression, such as the numbers of martyrs, wounded, and detainees, and the various crimes of the Israeli occupation. At the same time, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is also working to activate the Legal Observatory to document Israeli crimes, in line with the decision of the recent Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh in this regard.

Furthermore, the Secretary General reaffirmed the OIC’s commitment to addressing the pressing political and humanitarian challenges facing the OIC Member States, and stressed that the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir remains a priority for the OIC.

Regarding Afghanistan, the Secretary-General indicated that the organization continued its engagement within the framework of its humanitarian approach and constructive dialogue with the de facto authority in Afghanistan. He urged Member States to contribute generously to the organization's humanitarian efforts, especially in Afghanistan, through the Afghanistan Humanitarian Trust Fund managed and supervised by the Islamic Development Bank.

The Secretary-General acknowledged the importance of dialogue and reconciliation, stressing in this regard the support of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to adopt this approach in resolving conflicts in member states, such as Yemen, Libya, Sudan and the Sahel region.

The Secretary-General stressed that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation continues to support the sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan over its entire territory and support the unity, sovereignty and security of the Federal Republic of Somalia, in addition to its solidarity with the Turkish Cypriot Muslims and its support for cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Taha noted the pioneering role played by The Gambia in defending the case of the Rohingya Muslim community before the International Court of Justice, and called on member states to contribute to the financial costs required by the lawsuit, especially in light of the great achievements achieved in this file. He also reiterated deep gratitude to the People's Republic of Bangladesh and other Member States for sheltering Rohingya refugees on their territory.

In the field of humanitarian work, the Secretary-General confirmed that the General Secretariat and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are currently working to coordinate arrangements for holding a donor conference for the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin with the aim of mobilizing humanitarian aid and sufficient resources to support refugees and displaced persons.

After that, the Chairman of the Fifteenth Islamic Summit, the President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, delivered his speech, pledging, in his capacity as Chairman of the Islamic Summit, to strengthen unity, solidarity and sustainable development within the Islamic world.

He added that his approach would include prioritizing initiatives that would enhance economic cooperation, intensify cultural exchange, and address pressing issues, such as poverty and access to education and health care.

He stressed that the summit comes at a time when the Islamic world faces numerous challenges, ranging from disasters of terrorism to factional violence and armed conflicts, calling on member states to reaffirm their commitment to mediation and dialogue as indispensable mechanisms for resolving conflicts and promoting lasting peace.

He stressed that this summit provides a unique opportunity for member states to strengthen relations through dialogue, exchange experiences for a deeper mutual understanding, and adopt innovative decisions that transcend national borders to promote collective peace and comprehensive sustainable development.
He pointed out that the humanitarian crisis in Gaza still makes the prospects for peace remote, reaffirming the need to enable the Palestinian people to restore their legitimate national rights, as recognized by the international community, by recognizing the State of Palestine within the 1967 borders with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

He stressed that The Gambia, as Chair of the Ministerial Committee on Human Rights Violations against the Rohingya, is actively pursuing the legal proceedings against Myanmar in pursuit of justice and accountability to stand in solidarity with the persecuted and advocate for human rights issues, in accordance with the Convention on the Prevention of the Crime of Genocide.

The President of the Islamic Development Bank Group, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Personal Envoy of the President of the People's Republic of China also spoke at the Fifteenth Islamic Summit Conference.

At the conclusion of its work, the Fifteenth Islamic Summit is expected to adopt a special resolution on the issue of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif and a comprehensive final statement, in addition to a declaration.

The Fifteenth Islamic Summit is being held in light of the dangerous and unprecedented developments taking place in the Palestinian issue, especially the crimes of the brutal Israeli military aggression against the Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip.

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