President Mamnoon expresses solidarity with Palestinians, condemns Israeli occupation
Jakarta—The Fifth Extraordinary Islamic Summit Conference on Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif concluded here Monday. President Joko Widodo, of Indonesia, expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in Palestine citing a series of violations committed by Israel against the Palestinian people, including the pressure put on Muslims to prevent their access to the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
President Mahmoud Abbas, of the State of Palestine, delivered a speech at the session in which he highlighted the Palestinian people’s need for the support and solidarity of their brothers, and for international protection against the aggression and arrogance of Israel, “Israel is violating the most international law and international humanitarian law”.
President Abbas dwelt on the policies of colonial and economic oppression and suffocation targeting the Muslim and Christian inhabitants of the city of Al-Quds who suffer overburdening taxes and different forms of collective punishment imposed by Israel, in addition to the policies of demolition of homes and arbitrary detention aimed at emptying Al-Quds from its original Palestinian inhabitants.
President Abbas warned against turning the political conflict with Israel into a religious conflict as a result of the ongoing violations perpetrated by extremist settlers against Islamic and Christian sacred sites, in particular the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Addressing the Summit was also the OIC Secretary General, Iyad Ameen Madani, who briefed the participants of the efforts the OIC has been exerting to serve the Palestinian cause, starting with the extraordinary meetings it holds at the level of Foreign Ministers, making key decisions to counter Israel’s aggressive and racist settlement policies at the international fora, and conducting contacts and consultations with the Member States’ leaders and officials to update them on the serious Israeli violations. He said that his last visit to Al-Quds Al-Sharif enabled him to take stock of what the city endures under occupation.
Madani also reaffirmed the OIC’s support for a Palestinian national unity government, voicing his hope that comprehensive Palestinian reconciliation be achieved that would lead to the formation of a national unity government which will prepare for elections, play its role and assume its responsibilities vis-à-vis the Palestinians.
The Summit welcomed and endorsed the French initiative calling for the establishment of an international group of support and for holding an international peace conference as a starting basis for a peace process that would put an end to occupation and realize the two-State solution. The OIC Secretary General called for reviving the Quartet to play the role of mediator in a new peace process, explaining that despite his appreciation of the US position, domestic political pressure does not allow Washington to act by itself as mediator between the two parties. Madani underscored the role and responsibility of the UNSC to pass a resolution providing clear political terms of reference consistent with a specific timeframe and international guarantees.
The OIC summit in its resolution said the member States stand firm in their defense of the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, the first Qibla for Muslims, and cautions against any measures that would affect its sanctity. The summit decided to urgently take all possible actions, with the rest of the international community, to end the occupying Power’s deliberate provocations and attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound. Efforts will continue at the Security Council of the United Nations to ensure it upholds its Charter duties, as well as its legal and moral responsibilities to ensure accountability for the illegal actions perpetrated by the occupying Power, including the continuation of illegal settlements.
The OIC member countries regretted that the Security Council of the United Nations has failed, thus far, to uphold its duties vis-à-vis the Palestine question and to genuinely contribute to forge a credible path for peace.
President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday called for resolution of longstanding Palestine dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Palestinian people for durable and sustainable peace and stability in the Middle East.
Addressing the two-day extraordinary meeting of the heads of OIC states in Jakarta, he said the independence and sovereignty of Palestine should be the first and foremost priority of Muslim Ummah.
He said the people of Pakistan consider the Palestine dispute as its own and will continue to support the creation of Palestinian state with Al-Qadus Al Sharif as its capital. He regretted that the root causes of Palestine and Kashmir disputes are being overlooked.
Expressing serious concerns over the recent spate of violence in the Palestinian areas, the President said the unbridled use of force by Israel is contrary to international laws.
He said the Palestinian people should be given the right to exercise their religion besides their prisoners should be released.
Earlier, Indonesia President Joko Widodo in his opening remarks to the summit, said the entire world is concerned by the deterioration of the situation in Palestine and criticized what he called Israel’s “unilateral and illegal policies.” He said if the OIC cannot be part of the solution to Palestine, then the OIC becomes irrelevant.
President Mamnoon Hussain and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo Monday agreed on setting up a joint mechanism between their countries for holding political consultation on global and regional issues.
In a meeting held on the sidelines of fifth Extraordinary Summit of Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Palestine and Al-Quds, both leaders stressed the need for devising a strategy to find solutions to the problems and conflicts particularly confronting the Muslim countries.