The Coordination Committee for Joint Islamic Operations, an affiliate of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), concluded its twelfth session in Tehran yesterday. The Saudi delegation to the three-day meeting was led by Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Dr. Abdullah Al-Turki. The committee issued a statement reiterating its support to the Palestinian people and underscoring the importance of coordinating efforts to restore Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. The committee also deplored the violation of the rights of the people in Kashmir and in Jammu and called on India to enable the Kashmiri people to practice their inalienable rights in line with the UN resolutions. The statement expressed anxiety over continuation of fighting in Afghanistan, calling for a peaceful settlement.
Speaking on the occasion of a reception for the meeting's participants hosted yesterday by Ayatollah Ali Khaminei, Dr. Al-Turki reiterated the Saudi government's concern to enhance the pillars of Islamic solidarity and to promote cooperation among Islamic organizations so as to hold high the banner of Islam and to close the ranks of Muslims.
During his visit, Dr. Al-Turki also conferred with former president of Iran Ali Akber Hashmi Rafsenjani, and conveyed to him greetings and best wishes from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, and from Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, and Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General.