The ninth session of the Islamic countries Foreign Ministers conference was opened by the Senegalese Prime Minister, Abdou Diouf, in Dakar on Monday (24 April).
The ninth session of the Islamic countries Foreign Ministers conference was opened by the Senegalese Prime Minister, Abdou Diouf, in Dakar on Monday (24 April). In his opening address Mr. Diouf praised the Islamic Conference organisation's achievements over the last year, and stressed his country's support for future projects.
SYNOPSIS: The conference, called to illustrate the solidarity and brotherhood of the Islamic Faith, was attended by ministers from 42 Islamic states, though following the meeting's decision to accept Djibouti's application for membership, it has now been increased to 43 countries.
The opening session was presided over by Abdou Diouf, the Senegalese Prime Minister. In his opening address he welcomed all the Foreign Ministers to the new session and went over the main achievements of the last session. This was held in the Libyan Jamahiriyah capital, Tripoli, last May and hosted by Colonel Maummar Gaddafi. Mr. Diouf also emphasised the two main objectives of the Organisation which he said where to achieve world progress through co-operation and overthrow injustice.
In this opening address Mr. Diouf also praised the work of the organisation's executive members in particular that of the Secretary-General Dr. Amadou Karim Gaye. He went on to say that of the issues on the agenda he wished to draw particular attention to the political ones. He spoke at length on the current situation in the Middle East, referring to what he called the tragedy of the Palestinian people and Israel's stranglehold on the holy place of Jerusalem as well as occupied Arab territories. He called on the delegates to do everything to their power to ensure that the religious and territorial rights of the Palestinians were upheld.
On the question of Moslems in the Southern Philippines - who are engaged in a territorial dispute with President Marcos's government -- Mr. Diouf called for an urgent solution. This, he said, should be based on the principle agreed to in Tripoli last year, calling for compromise and coexistence by both sides.