Jakarta, 27 Jumadil Awal 1437/6 March 2016 (MINA) – Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno L.P Marsudi opened and chaired the Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting of the 5th Organization of Islamic Cooperation for Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif in Jakarta.
“Today’s meeting is aimed to strengthen the outcome document to be discussed by heads of state tomorrow on 7 March 2016. In addition, this Extraordinary OIC Summit is part of Indonesia’s active role in the international community as the pillar of the four priorities of Indonesia’s foreign policy,” said Indonesian Foreign Minister in a press statement after the OIC Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting.
In her opening speech of the Ministerial Meeting, Indonesian Foreign Minister reaffirmed the importance of the extraordinary OIC summit. “The longer we wait, the deeper the Palestinian people’s basic rights and freedoms are buried,” said the Foreign Minister. OIC official media reported.
Mrs. Marsudi emphasized that the Palestinian issue cannot be solved by one country only, hence the summit is expected to produce a joint resolution that reaffirms the position of principle and commitment of the OIC to support Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif.
Indonesia also initiated that this meeting could produce a Jakarta Declaration which contains concrete measures to be undertaken for Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif.
Mrs. Marsudi, also in her opening speech, said that Indonesia’s commitment to donate a total assistance of US $ 1.5 million annually in the next few years to help the Palestinian people. Previously, Indonesia has also donated $ 1 million to the Palestinians through the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
Indonesia is hosting the 5th OIC Summit for Palestine and Al Quds Al Sharif on 7 March 2016. The meeting is attended by 605 delegates from 57 countries and 2 International Organizations and will be covered by more than 500 journalists. (L/R03/R04)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)