Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Mr Hissein Brahim Taha on 19 September 2022, on the margins of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, met the United Nations Secretary-General Mr Antonio Guterres.
During the meeting, both sides praised the excellent level of the OIC-UN relations in many fields. The UN Secretary-General commended the OIC’s efforts in strengthening the pillars of security and peace in many regions.
For his part, the OIC Secretary-General expressed the OIC’s aspiration to enhance partnership with the United Nations in various fields in the causes of peace, security and cooperation.
Several issues were discussed during the meeting, notably the question of Palestine and the situation in Afghanistan, the Sahel and Chad Basin and Somalia.
The OIC Committee of Six on Palestine held a meeting on the margins of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 19 September 2022, chaired by the OIC Secretary-General HE Mr. Hissein Brahim Taha.
The Secretary-General opened the meeting with a speech in which he emphasized the OIC’s constant position on the just cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Shareef. He called for all political and legal efforts to be mobilized to achieve long-term international consensus on a just and lasting solution to the question of Palestine, in accordance with international law and relevant United Nations resolutions. He also called for renewed of efforts to launch a multilateral internationally sponsored peace process, within a specific timeframe and on the basis of relevant United Nations resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative. The Secretary-General underscored the need for continued pressure on the Security Council to take practical measures to implement its resolutions to stop all manifestations of illegal Israeli colonial settlement policies and occupation, to realize the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to self-determination and an independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds Al-Shareef as its capital, and to find a lasting solution to the question of Palestinian refugees.
He called on the Security Council to approve immediately the long-awaited full membership of the State of Palestine in the United Nations and to provide necessary international protection for the Palestinian people in line with international humanitarian law.
The Committee forwarded its recommendations to the Annual Coordination Meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers.—PR