Brunei invited to OIC summit in Jakarta
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
LEADERS of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) including from Brunei were invited to the 5th Extraordinary Summit on March 6-7 in Jakarta, Indonesia, the country’s ambassador said.
Nurul Qomar said on Tuesday that invitation letters signed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo had been delivered to all OIC member states including Brunei earlier this month.
“We really hope Brunei will be able to attend (the summit) as we know that it is also among the nations that have strongly supported the struggles of Palestinians,” Nurul told The Brunei Times.
She said Indonesia realised the tight schedules of each OIC leader as the invitations had only been sent a few weeks ago, but it is hoped that they will be attending the summit following a request made by Palestine to Indonesia for organising the event.
“Indonesia has been consistently supporting the struggles of the Palestinians. Therefore, when we were asked (to hold the extraordinary summit), we responded to it positively.”
The summit aims to strengthen support amongst the OIC community to resolve the issues of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif and create a breakthrough in the Middle East peace process, she added.
The summit was initially scheduled to take place in Morocco, but the country wasn’t ready to host the event. More than 50 heads of state and government of the OIC members and four OIC observer states are expected to participate.
On March 6, the summit will start with a meeting of senior officials followed by a ministerial meeting. Meanwhile, heads of state and government will attend the OIC Extraordinary Summit on March 7. The meeting is also expected to produce the Jakarta Declaration, which will cover a number of action plans to resolve the issues of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif.
Established on September 25, 1969, the OIC is the second largest inter-governmental organisation after the United Nations and has a membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The organisation is the collective voice of the Muslim world which ensures to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony amongst various peoples of the world.
The Brunei Times