Djibouti, Muharram 01 1434/ 15 November 2012 (IINA) – The 39th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) began in Djibouti on Thursday.
The three-day meeting under the title “Session of Solidarity for Sustainable Development,” is discussing the situations in Syria and Myanmar, and other major topics on the agenda, in addition to the renewed Israeli aggression on Gaza.
The opening session of the meeting was addressed by Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erjan Kazikhanov, who chairs the current session of the council, and Djibouti Foreign Minister Muhammad Ali Yusuf.
In the opening speech, Kazikhanov underscored the efforts of OIC to support the efforts for strengthening the stability of the member countries during the previous session of the foreign ministers’ meet. He lauded the ongoing global efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis and end the bloodshed.
Kazikhanov also hailed the initiative of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to promote global peace and religious harmony, especially setting up of two dialogue centers –the Vienna-based Center for Interfaith Dialogue and the Riyadh-based Center for Dialogue among various Islamic sects.
The meeting is discussing the situation in Syria, which is at the top of its concerns by considering the successive developments on the ground. It would review ways for member states to support the UN-Arab League Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to stop the bloodshed and address the humanitarian situation in Syria and neighboring countries.
The meeting would also feature a special session on the latest developments in Myanmar, where many Rohingya Muslim villages in Arakhan region came under ethnic cleansing and attacks from Buddhists groups, forcing thousands to flee.
There will be a special brainstorming session on the Islamic approach to religious dialogue and international relations, with a focus on cases of attacks against the Prophet (peace be upon him), and the role of the General Secretariat in setting out the methodology and mechanism for unifying member states’ positions on the issue.