Deputy Foreign Minister of Somalia attended the 45th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Dhaka

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 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E.

Mr. Mukhtar Mahad Daud, attended the 45th session of Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, where the foreign ministers and representatives of 57 member states expressed deep dissatisfaction with the situation facing the Rohingya Muslims.

they called upon the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to respect the rights of the Rohingyas.

The May 5-6 ministerial meeting called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities to pressure Myanmar to respect human rights and Rohingyas’ rights so that they can safely return to their homes.

Somalia is in solidarity with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in its objectives and agendas in economic cooperation, reducing humanitarian crises and solving the troubled political and security situation in the member countries.

On the sidelines of the conference, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Mr. Mukhtar Mahad Daud met with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister HE Mr. Bekir Bozdağ and discussed enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation as well as regional and international issues of common concern.

The Deputy Foreign Minister also met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of theTurkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Prof. Dr. Kudret Özersay, where they discussed important issues of mutual concern.

Among the items of the Dhaka Declaration,

🔹 We reaffirm our commitment to respect the security, sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity of the Member-states, as well as the need to resolve lingering or emerging disputes and conflicts through negotiations, mediation, conciliation and the use of other peaceful means using political, diplomatic and international legal mechanisms based on the universally recognized principles and norms of international law.

In this regard, we call for the full activation of the OIC Peace and Security architecture and the Good Offices of the Secretary-General.

🔹 We emphasize the centrality of the cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif for the Ummah and reaffirm our principled support for the right of the Palestinian people to regain their inalienable rights, including the right to self-determination, and to the independence and sovereignty of the State of Palestine on the pre-1967 borders with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, as well as the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in accordance with international law and UN General Assembly Resolution 194(III).

In this context, We reaffirm our rejection of the United States’ recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and condemn its decision to move its Embassy to the city on May 14 and consider this planned action illegal and in clear defiance of international law and the international community’s collective will, as clearly expressed by the OIC Extraordinary Summit held in Istanbul on 13 December 2017 and the UN General Assembly Resolution no. 10/19, adopted on 21 December 2017.

🔹 We express deep concern over the recent systematic brutal acts perpetrated by security forces against the Rohingya Muslim Community in Myanmar that has reached the level of ethnic cleansing, which constitute a serious and blatant violation of international law, and which has affected over 370,000 Rohingya who have been forcibly displaced to Bangladesh and other countries across the region, in addition to the burning of their houses and places of worship.

In this regard, we commend the personal leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in addressing the plight of the most persecuted people in the world and seek strong International support to resolve the crisis and full implementation of the recommendations put forward by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State (Annan Commission).

🔹 We underline the need for earliest stabilization of the situation in the South East and Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and other parts of the African continent by way of urgent political resolution of all crises and conflicts to avoid their destructive and negative impact, in accordance with the principles of the UN and OIC Charters and universally recognized international norms, in order to bring to an end the sufferings of the affected  people and the resultant migration and displacement of population.

In this context, We reaffirm our firm solidarity with Azerbaijan, Sudan, Comoros, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Mali, Somalia, Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Kosovo, Jammu and Kashmir and Northern Cyprus as well as all Muslim Communities and Minorities in non-OIC Member States within the established principle of the respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the States in which they belong consistent with international law and agreements.

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