OIC Commends King of Morocco for his Tireless Defense of Jerusalem

The Council of Foreign Ministers of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has commended King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, for his tireless efforts to defend the holy Islamic sites in Jerusalem and counter Judaization attempts of the holy city by the Israeli occupying authorities.

The Council, which convened its 45th session in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on May 5-6, lauded the tangible role played by Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency through the implementation of several development projects benefiting the inhabitants of the holy city of Al-Quds. The Council urged the OIC member States to increase their support for the Agency to enable it carry out its five-year plan 2014-2018.

In this connection, Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency stated in a report circulated during the session that it has carried out several projects, worth more than $50 million over the past twenty years.

The report, which surveys the Agency’s activities since its creation in 1998, reveals that despite the lack of funding, the Agency implemented major projects, indicating that out of the $50 million disbursed 10% has been allocated to health, 19% to housing and catering, 22% to education and 49% to culture, youth, sport and social affairs.

The report shows that thanks to the work and projects carried out by the Agency within Al-Quds have enshrined its role as an institution operating under a realistic vision, in accordance with its statute and plan of action.

Yet, the report stresses that to make it possible for the agency to reach the set objectives, it is necessary for OIC member states to pool efforts and mobilize the required financing to carry out the planned projects.
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Mounia Boucetta who represented Morocco at the session reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment and support for efforts to promote peace, harmony and unity in the Muslim countries facing wars and conflicts, in order to establish lasting security while respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States.

Morocco is following with “deep” concern the crises and “dangerous developments” in some countries of the Muslim world, she said, pointing out that the very complex current international juncture requires that the OIC adopt a new vision, based on concrete approaches.

Such approaches would help the OIC meet the challenges facing the Islamic world, she said.
The Moroccan official also insisted that the Palestinian question remains at the center of Muslim countries’ concerns, and described President Donald trump’s decision to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem as a “dangerous” development, recalling that Morocco had expressed its refusal of this unilateral decision, which breaches international legitimacy.

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