OIC summit on Palestine kicks off in Jakarta

JAKARTA: An extraordinary summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif (Jerusalem) was opened here on Sunday, bringing together representatives from 49 Muslim countries.
The summit is being held at the request of Palestine’s President Mehmoud Abbas, after the escalation of Israeli violence in theoccupied territories and restriction imposed by it to access the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid represented Pakistan at the ministerial preparatory meeting, which preceded the high-level heads of state meeting to be held on March 7 where President Mamnoon Hussain will join other Muslim leaders here at the Jakarta Convention Centre. Palestine’s Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad al-Maliki and OIC
Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani also addressed the meeting. The meeting deliberated on the Jakarta Declaration to be forwarded to Monday’s heads of state session for final adoption.
Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said that more than 500 delegates from the 49 OIC member states, four representatives from the Quartet on the Middle East (United States, Russia, United Nations and European Union), five UN Security Council representatives, as well as three observer countries had confirmed their participation.
“This high-level summit is expected to push international forums to prioritize the issue of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the situation [there] is worrying,” Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said in the statement.
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain arrived in Jakarta Sunday to participate in the fifth Extraordinary Organization for Islamic Cooperation Summit on Palestine and Al-Quds Al Sharif being held on March 7.
President Mamnoon was received by Indonesian Minister for Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Marwan Ja’far at the Halim Air Base. First Lady Begum Mehmooda Mamnoon accompanied the President. Pakistan’s Ambassador to Indonesia Muhammad Aqil Nadeem and high officials were present at the air base. APP