Day: January 1, 2018

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OIC hosts, takes part in several key events in 2017

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Jeddah, (UNA-OIC) – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and its affiliated organizations held several Islamic events in 2017 and participated in a number of key events held in the OIC member states. The following is a list of these events as monitored by the OIC’s Union of News Agencies (UNA-OIC).

– January –

January 19: The Extraordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC was held in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur to discuss the situation of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar.

– May –

May 12: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev launches the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games (Baku 2017).

May 15: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen inaugurate the headquarters of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of OIC in Jeddah.

May 14-18: The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the IDB Group was held in Jeddah.

May 21: The Arab American Islamic Summit in Riyadh, hosted by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, in the presence of US President Donald Trump and with the participation of leaders and representatives from 55 OIC member states.

May 21: King Salman inaugurated the Arab American Islamic Summit in Riyadh, in the presence of US President Donald Trump as well as leaders and heads of delegations of the participating countries. He also opened the World Center for Combating Extremist Ideology (Etidal).

– July –

July 10-11: The 44th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC was held in Abidjan, CAte d’Ivoire.

July 20: The OIC, in cooperation with the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, convened an international conference on Jerusalem on 20 � 21 July 2017 in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.

July 27: OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen appreciates the significant role played by King Salman in enabling worshipers to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque after having made the necessary contacts with many world leaders.

– August –

August 1: The Extraordinary Meeting of the Executive Committee of OIC, at the level of Foreign Ministers, on the issue of Al-Aqsa Mosque was held in Istanbul, Turkey.

– September –

September 10: The First Islamic Summit on Science and Technology in the Islamic World was held in the Kazakh capital of Astana in the presence of a number of leaders of the OIC countries.

September 22: The Annual Coordination Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the OIC Member States was held in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

– October –

October 14-15: The 25th Meeting of the Executive Council and the 5th Session of the General Assembly of the International Islamic News Agency (IINA) was held in Jeddah.

October 15: The 25th meeting of the General Assembly of the International Islamic News Agency (IINA), endorses the plan to promote the work of the Agency and convert it into the Union of News Agencies of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (UNA-OIC).

October 24-25: Islamic Center for Trade Development (ICDT) held an international workshop on “Facilitating Trade: Identification of NTBs among OIC Member States” in Rabat, Morocco.

October 25: The Seventh Islamic Conference of Ministers of Environment held in Rabat, Morocco, with the participation of Ministers of Environment and senior officials of the Member States of OIC and its affiliated institutions and international organizations.

– November –

November 18: The United Nations adopts an OIC-sponsored resolution against Myanmar condemned military operations targeting the Muslim Rohingya minority in Rakhine State, and called for a cessation of ongoing military operations, as well as full and unhindered humanitarian access by humanitarian actors; in addition to ensuring a safe and dignified return for all displaced persons and refugees.

November 20: The 10th session of the General Assembly of the Sports Federation of Islamic Solidarity was held in Riyadh.

November 20-23: The 33rd Session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) was held in Istanbul, Turkey, in the presence of Turkish President and President of the COMCEC Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as Secretary General of OIC Yousef Al-Othaimeen.

November 21: The 10th Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers of OIC held in Khartoum, Sudan.

November 26: The first meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) was hosted by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, under the slogan of “Allied against terrorism.”

– December –

December 4: The OIC held an extraordinary meeting at the level of permanent representatives of its member states in Jeddah to discuss attempts of changing the legal and historical status of Jerusalem.

December 5-7: The 6th Session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers was held in Jeddah under the slogan of “Health in all policies.”

December 9-11: The OIC, in partnership with the King Abdullah International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue and the International Network of Religions Working for Peace, organized a roundtable in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss the conflict in the Central African Republic.

December 12: The OIC organized the Preparatory National Reconciliation Meeting in Baghdad to discuss the Iraqi reconciliation process.

December 13: The Extraordinary Islamic Summit on Jerusalem, which was held in Istanbul, Turkey declared its condemnation and rejection of the US resolution on Jerusalem and its decision to transfer the US Embassy to Jerusalem. It called on the United States to rescind its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

January 1, 2018 Off

OIC hosts, takes part in several key events in 2017

By Web Desk

Jeddah, (UNA-OIC) – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and its affiliated organizations held several Islamic events in 2017 and participated in a number of key events held in the OIC member states. The following is a list of these events as monitored by the OIC’s Union of News Agencies (UNA-OIC).

– January –

January 19: The Extraordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC was held in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur to discuss the situation of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar.

– May –

May 12: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev launches the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games (Baku 2017).

May 15: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen inaugurate the headquarters of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of OIC in Jeddah.

May 14-18: The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the IDB Group was held in Jeddah.

May 21: The Arab American Islamic Summit in Riyadh, hosted by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, in the presence of US President Donald Trump and with the participation of leaders and representatives from 55 OIC member states.

May 21: King Salman inaugurated the Arab American Islamic Summit in Riyadh, in the presence of US President Donald Trump as well as leaders and heads of delegations of the participating countries. He also opened the World Center for Combating Extremist Ideology (Etidal).

– July –

July 10-11: The 44th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC was held in Abidjan, CAte d’Ivoire.

July 20: The OIC, in cooperation with the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, convened an international conference on Jerusalem on 20 � 21 July 2017 in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.

July 27: OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen appreciates the significant role played by King Salman in enabling worshipers to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque after having made the necessary contacts with many world leaders.

– August –

August 1: The Extraordinary Meeting of the Executive Committee of OIC, at the level of Foreign Ministers, on the issue of Al-Aqsa Mosque was held in Istanbul, Turkey.

– September –

September 10: The First Islamic Summit on Science and Technology in the Islamic World was held in the Kazakh capital of Astana in the presence of a number of leaders of the OIC countries.

September 22: The Annual Coordination Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the OIC Member States was held in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

– October –

October 14-15: The 25th Meeting of the Executive Council and the 5th Session of the General Assembly of the International Islamic News Agency (IINA) was held in Jeddah.

October 15: The 25th meeting of the General Assembly of the International Islamic News Agency (IINA), endorses the plan to promote the work of the Agency and convert it into the Union of News Agencies of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (UNA-OIC).

October 24-25: Islamic Center for Trade Development (ICDT) held an international workshop on “Facilitating Trade: Identification of NTBs among OIC Member States” in Rabat, Morocco.

October 25: The Seventh Islamic Conference of Ministers of Environment held in Rabat, Morocco, with the participation of Ministers of Environment and senior officials of the Member States of OIC and its affiliated institutions and international organizations.

– November –

November 18: The United Nations adopts an OIC-sponsored resolution against Myanmar condemned military operations targeting the Muslim Rohingya minority in Rakhine State, and called for a cessation of ongoing military operations, as well as full and unhindered humanitarian access by humanitarian actors; in addition to ensuring a safe and dignified return for all displaced persons and refugees.

November 20: The 10th session of the General Assembly of the Sports Federation of Islamic Solidarity was held in Riyadh.

November 20-23: The 33rd Session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) was held in Istanbul, Turkey, in the presence of Turkish President and President of the COMCEC Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as Secretary General of OIC Yousef Al-Othaimeen.

November 21: The 10th Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers of OIC held in Khartoum, Sudan.

November 26: The first meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) was hosted by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, under the slogan of “Allied against terrorism.”

– December –

December 4: The OIC held an extraordinary meeting at the level of permanent representatives of its member states in Jeddah to discuss attempts of changing the legal and historical status of Jerusalem.

December 5-7: The 6th Session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers was held in Jeddah under the slogan of “Health in all policies.”

December 9-11: The OIC, in partnership with the King Abdullah International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue and the International Network of Religions Working for Peace, organized a roundtable in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss the conflict in the Central African Republic.

December 12: The OIC organized the Preparatory National Reconciliation Meeting in Baghdad to discuss the Iraqi reconciliation process.

December 13: The Extraordinary Islamic Summit on Jerusalem, which was held in Istanbul, Turkey declared its condemnation and rejection of the US resolution on Jerusalem and its decision to transfer the US Embassy to Jerusalem. It called on the United States to rescind its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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OIC condemns terrorist attack on Coptic church in Egypt

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Jeddah, (UNA-OIC) – The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned, in the strongest terms, the terrorist attack on Mar Mina Church in the southern Cairo neighborhood of Helwan.The assault that occurred last Friday l…

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KSrelief distributes food baskets in Yemen’s Jouf

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Jeddah, (UNA-OIC) – King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has distributed 5,000 food baskets in Al-Mahabeeb camp in Al-Hazem Directorate of Al-Jouf Governorate in Yemen within its project of distributing 49,000 food baskets in the g…

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Saudi lawyers welcome decision to employ women in courts

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Riyadh, (UNA-OIC) – The decision by Saudi authorities on Saturday to open sections for women in the Kingdom’s courts will facilitate procedures for women, especially in family and marital cases.Minister of Justice Walid Al-Samaani approved the opening …

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President Erdogan hails Turky’s firm stance on Jerusalem

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Ankara (UNA-OIC) � Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday praised Turkish people for their firm stance on the Jerusalem issue in his New Year message.

In the video message issued by the Presidency, Erdogan said the Jerusalem issue is a test for all the Muslims around the world.

Jerusalem issue has turned into a new test for Muslims and the oppressed people around the world, alongside our nation and the region, he stated.

I offer my gratitude to my people for their firm stance and sincere attitude on the issue, the president added.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s December 6 announcement about the change in U.S. policy on Jerusalem sparked worldwide criticism, Anadolu Agency reported.

On December 21, the UN General Assembly overwhelming adopted a Turkish-sponsored resolution rejecting Trump’s move by a vote of 128-9, with 35 abstentions.

The president said the country took rather significant steps against the terrorist organization, particularly FETO and PKK/PYD in the year 2017.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fethullah Gulen orchestrated the July 15 coup attempt that left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as the U.S. and EU. In its more than three-decade terror campaign against Turkey, more than 40,000 people have been killed.

Since the group resumed its armed campaign in July 2015, more than 1,200 people, including security force personnel and civilians, have lost their lives.

Erdogan also mentioned the economic growth of 7.4 percent in the first three quarters and more than $155 billion exports in 2017.

On his 34 overseas visits to 25 countries, Erdogan said: We tried to represent our country at the highest level in the international arena.

The president also said it is Turkey’s strategic priority to reduce foreign source dependency.

So, we are determined to pursue our projects in energy, defense industry, and high technology with the additional ones, he added.

For his part, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also greeted the nation on the New Year’s Eve. I wish the New Year brings peace, tranquility, and stability to the Turkish nation, our region and the entire world, Yildirim said in a statement issued. The premier said Turkey aims at growth, investment and employment opportunities in 2018.

Yildirim also noted that Turkey assumes the role of leader in establishing peace in the world. Referring to Jerusalem issue, he said Turkey shaped the decisions on the issue by gathering an extraordinary meeting of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and taking the issue to the United Nations General Assembly.

Source: International Islamic News Agency