OIC’s CFM ends concerning on Rohingya, Islamophobia, Palestine issues

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The meet of 57-member OIC’s foreign ministers has concluded seeking fund for legal battle over Rohingya genocide, urging Muslim solidarity to fight Islamophobia and terrorism as well as retreating support to the principle of Arab initiative of two state solution over Palestine cause.
“We emphasized importance of solidarity, not the division .. we are looking for respect to each other … freedom of speech doesn’t mean you can say something about religion,” said OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen at a press briefing after conclusion of the 47th Council of Foreign Minister (CFM) on Saturday afternoon.
Urging every quarter to tolerate each other’s opinions, he said extremism is not part of Islam, “Islam has no problem with other cultures, Islam respects women empowerment and Islam fight terrorism”.
“But, if some bad guys or bad boys do something it doesn’t represent Islam, they only represent themselves,” he said as the OIC member states expressed their concerns over recent rise of Islamophobia in different parts of Europe.
The OIC secretary general thanked the countries, including Bangladesh, which have already supported Gambia for bearing its legal cost to run the Rohingya genocide case with the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Mentioning that the OIC has already opened a special account for resource mobilization to Gambia for its case with ICJ, he said, other member states have been urged to donate more fund.
At the CMF, Bangladesh officially announced that it has already disbursed half million US dollars to the OIC to support the West African nation’s legal battle against Myanmar.
“Bangladesh with its limited capacity has already contributed half million US dollars to OIC for Gambia,” Bangladesh Permanent Representative to OIC Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary said while addressing the CFM as the head of Bangladesh delegation.
Regarding the Palestine issue, the OIC secretary general said the CFM has emphasized on the same principle of Arab initiative and the United Nations Resolution regarding the Palestine cause.
“We has emphasized on two state solution (of Palestine crisis), it is very important,” he added.
He said the OIC also welcomes any initiative that leads a peaceful resolution of Palestine problem that has been continuing in last 72 years. “A peaceful solution through dialogue is very important,” he said.
He also extended his congratulations to the new OIC Secretary General-elect and wished for his success to continue promoting joint Islamic action in the interest of peoples and countries of the Islamic world.
During the CFM, Ambassador Hussein Ibrahim Taha from Chad was elected as the new Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for a five-year term starting from November 17, 2021.
The OIC’s 57 member states elected the new secretary general by consensus while Ambassador Hussein Taha took the oath of office after announcing his election as Secretary-General before at the concluding session of the CFM.
At the CMF, Bangladesh officially announced that it has already disbursed half million US dollars to the OIC to support the West African nation’s legal battle against Myanmar.
“Bangladesh with its limited capacity has already contributed half million US dollars to OIC for Gambia,” Bangladesh Permanent Representative to OIC Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary said while addressing the CFM as the head of Bangladesh delegation.
Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million forcefully displaced Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them arrived there since August 25, 2017 after the military crackdown at their homeland.
In November last year, Gambia had brought the case against Myanmar to the ICJ with the backing of OIC, Canada and the Netherlands while ICJ held its first hearing on December 10-12.
On January 23 last the ICJ made the historic unanimous decision ordering provisional measures to prevent further acts of genocide against the Rohingyas in Myanmar.

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