Islamic Summit expresses support for Palestinians

March 14, 2008

The 11th Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit concluded in Dakar, Senegal today. The Saudi delegation to the summit was led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal. 

 

A final communiqué issued at the end of the summit condemned recent Israeli attacks on Gaza as a flagrant violation of human rights. It expressed concern at Israel’s excessive use of force against the Palestinian people, including large-scale destruction of homes, infrastructure, arrests, killings and a siege.

The statement called on Palestinians to unite and urged the international community to act quickly to settle the political and economic crisis in Palestine.

Islamic countries expressed solidarity with Lebanon and called for political and economic support for a national unity government. They also expressed support for the Arab League initiative to resolve the political crisis in Lebanon.

Turning to Iraq, the communiqué welcomed Iraq’s willingness to establish good relations with its neighbors and confirmed the importance of noninterference in Iraq’s internal affairs.

On other issues, Islamic countries denounced any attempts to link terrorism to a specific race, religion or culture and highlighted the importance of greater cooperation among OIC member states to combat Islamophobia.

The communiqué also welcomed Egypt’s offer to host the next Islamic Summit in 2011.

In remarks to reporters today, Prince Saud described the summit as successful and said that participants passed the OIC Charter, which has been in the works for more than seven years.