OIC Holds Emergency Ministerial Meeting in Kuala Lumpur This Week

Joint press statement of extraordinary OIC summit delivered by the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo, the president of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas and the secretary general of OIC Iyaad Ameen Madani (Photo: Nidiya/MINA)

Jakarta, 18 Rabiul Akhir 1438/17 Januari 2017(MINA)- Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to hold its extraordinary Ministerial meeting to discuss the situation of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, on 19 January 2017.

The meeting was part the request of the Government of Malaysia to discuss genuine steps that the OIC and the international community should take to urge the Myanmar government to allow delivery of humanitarian assistance to Rakhine State, address the root causes of the violence.

According to its official website, the meeting will also to discuss how to widen the scope of dialogue among the groups to ensure the return of the displaced Rohingya population to their homes in safety and dignity. The meeting will also discuss the situation of the more than 120,000 displaced and refugee Muslims within Myanmar.

It should also be mentioned that the foreign ministers of the OIC Contact Group on Rohingya Muslims also held their meeting on the sideline of the Council of Foreign Ministers session held in Tashkent last October.

The meeting called again on the Government of Myanmar to restore the citizenship of the Rohingya which had been revoked under the 1982 citizenship law.

For its part, Indonesia and Palestine plan to table the outcome of the recent Paris conference, which produced the Middle East Peace Conference Joint Declaration.

It would also raise concerns about United States presidentelect Donald Trump’s intimate relationship with Israel, according to Nico Adam, political attaché at the Indonesian embassy in Jordan.(T/RE1/P02)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)