OIC to discuss Muslim Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

OIC to discuss Muslim Rohingya crisis in Myanmar
Updated 18 January 2017

OIC to discuss Muslim Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

OIC to discuss Muslim Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

JEDDAH: An Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting on Thursday is scheduled to discuss the crisis faced by the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.
A meeting of the OIC’s Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers is expected to meet in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
Ambassador Abdullah Bin Abdulrahman Alem, the OIC secretary general assistant for political affairs, pointed to the tragic situation and violence Muslims are suffering in Myanmar.
He pointed out that the number of displaced Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar exceeds 120,000 people in need of humanitarian aid.
“During the period from Oct. 9, 2016 to Jan. 5, 2017 more than 65,000 … Rohingya Muslims sought refuge (in) Bangladesh, escaping from the systematic killings and violence against them in Myanmar, according to estimates by the United Nations,” Alem said.
Alem stated that the OIC meeting is expected to recommend steps such as urging the government of Myanmar to ensure humanitarian access to Rakhine State.
Islamic groups in New York, Geneva and Brussels last December held emergency meetings to discuss the ongoing crisis, in order to determine the necessary measures that can be taken in preparation for the extraordinary meeting in Kuala Lumpur.


Saudi Arabia to reopen its embassy in Doha, says Saudi FM

Saudi Arabia to reopen its embassy in Doha, says Saudi FM
Updated 16 January 2021

Saudi Arabia to reopen its embassy in Doha, says Saudi FM

Saudi Arabia to reopen its embassy in Doha, says Saudi FM
  • The Saudi minister repeated the need to reach a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian conflict
  • The Jordanian minister condemned the Houthi militia’s attempts to attack Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will open its embassy in Doha within days, after completing the necessary procedures, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said in a joint press conference on Saturday with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Riyadh.
His comments follow the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signing of the Jan. 5 Al Ula agreement, which saw the reopening of the borders between Qatar and Saudi Arabia..
The Saudi minister repeated the need to reach a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian conflict.
From his side, Safadi said the relationship with Saudi Arabia was historical and strategic, adding that Jordan appreciated the Kingdom’s continued support to the country in facing economic challenges.
The minister also condemned the Houthi militia’s attempts to attack Saudi Arabia, and he said he rejected Iran's interference in the region’s affairs.
He added that Jordan agreed with Saudi Arabia in promoting joint action to face current challenges.
“We are working to develop our relationship with the GCC on the security, political and economic levels,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Safadi said.
He added that peace was an Arab strategic choice, and said that Jordan looked forward to working with the new US administration.