2007 News Story

OIC Foreign Ministers urge global support for Palestinian unity government

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) held an extraordinary meeting at the foreign minister level in Jeddah today to discuss the Palestinian situation and the Israeli excavations near Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest in Islam.

In a press conference after the meeting, OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said that the ministers called on the international community to support the Makkah Agreement for a Palestinian national unity government. They also pledged support for the unity government.

Saudi Arabia was represented at the meeting by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar Madani. In remarks on the occasion, Madani stressed Saudi support for the Palestinian issue, noting the recent national reconciliation meeting in Makkah that resulted in a power-sharing agreement between Hamas and Fatah.

He highlighted the Kingdom’s call for an intensified effort to revive the peace process, and emphasized that a just and comprehensive peace is the only solution to the conflict.

Madani also strongly condemned the excavations Israeli authorities are currently carrying out near Al-Aqsa Mosque and any efforts to tamper with Jerusalem’s religious identity.