Dhaka - SPA
Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir participated in the meetings of the 45th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states held here today, under the title" "Islamic Values for Sustainable Peace, Solidarity and Development", in the presence of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikha Hasina Wajid.
Al-Jubeir delivered the address of the Arab Group, on behalf of the League of Arab States and the presidency of the 29th Arab Summit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and congratulated the brotherly Republic of Bangladesh, on its presidency of the session, expressing thanks also to the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, the Secretary-General of the OIC and the Secretariat for their efforts during the previous session.
In his speech, he stressed that the Palestinian right to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital and the importance of a comprehensive and lasting peace as a strategic option embodied in the Arab Peace Initiative, adopted by the Arab Summit held, in Beirut, in 2002 and the Extraordinary Islamic Summit held, in Makkah, in 2005, pointing out that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud has labelled the 29th Arab Summit held in Dhahran as Al-Quds Summit (Jerusalem summit), to underscore the that Palestine and its people are, at the hearts of Arabs and Muslim, as a whole.
We underscore the importance of supporting the Muslim minorities in the world, especially the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, and I take this opportunity to pay tribute to the great support and sacrifices that brotherly Bangladesh offers to host Rohingya refugees, on its territory, he stressed.
The crises remain as limited as we are united and agreed to solve them, he stated, saying that we hope to confront extremism and terrorism, recalling the successes achieved by the OIC member states, in the face of the unprecedented proliferation of extremist and terrorist groups, he highlighted and expressing hope that the session will conclude to appropriate recommendations to get rid of such a serious scourge, and drawing attention that during the recent Arab summit, the Arab countries strongly condemned Iran's ongoing interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries, the fueling of sectional and sectarian conflicts, and its support for terrorism, such as Al-Houthi and Hezbollah.
Al-Quds Summit in Dhahran has also reiterated demanding Iran's to withdraw its militias and elements from Arab countries and to stop supporting and supplying the Houthi militias with Iranian-made ballistic missiles and weapons, which are directed, at Saudi cities, including the Muslims' holiest shrine, in Makkah, he reminded the session.
Regarding the Syrian crisis, the Foreign Minister stressed the need to find a political solution to end the crisis, in order to achieve the aspirations of the brotherly Syrian people and end their sufferings and in order to preserve the unity of Syria, protect its sovereignty and independence and end the presence of all external forces and sectarian terrorist groups, based on the Security Council resolution no. 2254 and Geneva 1 Conference Declaration.
The Foreign Minister concluded by stressing the commitment of the Arab countries to work within the framework of the OIC to achieve the aspirations of the Muslim peoples to live, in dignity and security, as well.