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The Islamic Summit in Gambia concludes its work and issues the “Banjul Declaration”

Banjul (UNA) - The fifteenth session of the Islamic Summit Conference concluded its work today, Sunday (May 5, 2024) in Banjul, Republic of The Gambia, and adopted the “Banjul Declaration.”

The summit was held over two days (May 4-5, 2024), in the presence of the presidents and leaders of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The Chairman of the Islamic Summit, Gambian President Adama Barrow, said in his speech at the conclusion of the summit’s work that the fifteenth session of the summit represents a new beginning for Gambia to deal with member states and concerned parties to promote peace, justice and continuous dialogue within and outside the Islamic nation.

He stressed that it is the collective responsibility of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to search for lasting solutions to the plight of people suffering from adversity, resulting from any form of conflict, war or challenge facing humanity.

Barrow urged all member states to cooperate with Gambia during its three-year presidency of the summit to promote and realize our ideals and take concrete steps to enhance the social and economic situation of the Islamic nation.

In the “Banjul Declaration” issued by the summit, the leaders and heads of state of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation affirmed their solidarity in confronting the humanitarian catastrophe befalling the Gaza Strip and its people as a result of the Israeli aggression that has continued for more than six months without respite or respect for the most basic moral and humanitarian values, calling for an immediate and uninterrupted ceasefire. Conditions for comprehensive aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

They called on the countries of the world to take action to stop the crime of genocide committed by the occupation against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and to implement the precautionary measures ordered by the International Court of Justice, stressing that all efforts will be made to accelerate the arrival of all humanitarian aid and to reject any attempts to displace the Palestinian people from their land.

The leaders stressed the need to enable the Palestinian people to realize their legitimate national rights as recognized by the international community, including through its recognition of the Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, and providing support for the State of Palestine to obtain full membership in the United Nations.

The leaders praised the solidarity of African peoples and governments with the struggle of the Palestinian people, specifically the member states of the organization, and their firm stance to end the historical injustice that has affected the Palestinian people, based on their bitter experience with ending colonialism and racial discrimination.

They stressed the importance of resorting to dialogue and mediation in resolving disputes in a way that provides a tension-free atmosphere among the countries of the Islamic nation, stressing the importance of strengthening preventive diplomacy in order to contribute effectively to establishing peace, protecting lives and resources, and realizing the hopes and aspirations of our peoples for sustainable development.

The leaders expressed their solidarity with Muslim groups and communities in a number of non-member countries of the organization that suffer from persecution, injustice and aggression, stressing continued political, moral and diplomatic support for the people of Kashmir, and calling on the United Nations Security Council to take effective measures to implement its resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir to empower the people of Kashmir. To exercise their inalienable right to self-determination through a general referendum under the supervision of the United Nations.

They also expressed their deep concern about the increasing systematic persecution of Muslims and other minorities in India, which has led to their political, economic and social marginalization, and urged the Government of India to take the necessary measures to protect their lives and property and prevent any similar acts from occurring in the future.

They commended the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Turkey, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and other Member States for their pioneering efforts in the United Nations General Assembly to adopt the two resolutions designating March 15 as the “International Day to Combat Islamophobia” in 2022 and “Measures to Combat Islamophobia” on the 15th. March 2024.

The leaders called on Member States and other States to take all necessary measures, including legislative and policy measures, to combat religious intolerance, negative stereotyping, hatred, incitement to violence and violence against persons on the basis of their religion or belief.

They affirmed their support for a peaceful, stable, prosperous and inclusive Afghanistan, emphasizing addressing the challenges facing the Afghan people, such as humanitarian challenges, human rights, ethnic groups, security and terrorism, drugs, and social challenges.

They stressed the importance of full respect for the human rights of all Afghans and the need to protect the basic rights of Afghan girls and women, in particular the right to education and work, and called for greater engagement with de facto authorities on these issues.

The leaders praised the Republic of The Gambia for its pioneering efforts at the level of the International Court of Justice on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to hold accountable those who committed genocide and atrocities against the Rohingya Muslims.

The leaders condemned, in the strongest terms, the repeated incidents of burning copies of the Holy Qur’an in a number of European countries, calling on the countries concerned and the international community to take comprehensive and necessary measures to prevent the recurrence of such acts and to address the disturbing growth of the phenomenon of Islamophobia.

The leaders praised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the wise leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince, for their tireless and strong support and generous guidance for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Islamic nation in general. In order to achieve the global goals of peace, justice, security and sustainable development.

In addition to the “Banjul Declaration,” the Islamic Summit also issued a comprehensive final statement on various political, economic, humanitarian, cultural, social, and media issues and affairs of the OIC countries.

In its final statement, the summit praised the outcomes of the international forum organized by the Union of News Agencies of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries (UNA) entitled “The Media and its Role in Fueling Hatred and Violence: The Dangers of Misinformation and Bias” in the city of Jeddah on November 26, 2023, in cooperation with the Muslim World League and with the participation of all official news agencies in the organization’s member states, and a number of international media outlets and intellectual and religious institutions.

The Islamic Summit noted the special theme included in the forum on “Bias and Misinformation in the International Media: The Palestinian Issue as an Example,” which sought to address the bias to which the Palestinian issue is exposed in some Western media, which prevents exposing the violations of the Israeli occupation and enabling the Palestinian people to obtain their rights.

The summit also issued an independent resolution on “the issue of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif,” in light of the serious and unprecedented developments this issue is witnessing due to the crimes of the brutal Israeli military aggression against the Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip.

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