King’s visit to bolster Turkey ties

Updated 12 April 2016

King’s visit to bolster Turkey ties

RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman will hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday.

The two leaders are expected to hold talks on a range of bilateral, regional and international issues of common concerns, while reviewing ongoing cooperation in different fields, including security, trade and the economy.
King Salman, who is visiting Turkey following a presidential invitation, was received at the Ankara airport by Erdogan.
“The royal visit, the first official visit, will boost strategic cooperative partnerships between the two nations,” said Turkish Ambassador Yunus Demirer Monday, who joined Turkish officials to welcome the king and his entourage.
“King Salman will stay for two days in the capital before leaving for Istanbul on Wednesday for the OIC summit,” he added. Demirer said the two sides have had extensive consensus “on elevating the relationship” within the framework of the new regional situation and amid challenges facing the region.
Riyadh and Ankara have set up a strategic council to strengthen military, economic and investment cooperation. The two countries are also intensifying their efforts to reach a political resolution in Syria, and therefore are expected to discuss ways to resolve the Syrian crisis during the visit.
Asked about the topics of the king’s talks with senior Turkish officials, informed sources said the top issue will be the Syrian crisis as both sides share a similar view that requires the removal of President Bashar Assad. Both countries support the Free Syrian Army and other Arab groups as the main ground forces fighting Daesh and the cruel regime.
The king and Erdogan are expected to evaluate recent developments in the Middle East. The Turkish ambassador said that the king’s participation in the OIC summit is also “very important for all of us.”
The OIC summit will focus on the Palestinian cause, conflicts in member states and combating terrorism besides other regional and international issues that affect the Islamic world.
More than 30 heads of state and government will attend the summit hosted by Erdogan in Istanbul on Thursday and Friday.


Organization of Islamic Cooperation to adopt Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam

Updated 28 February 2020

Organization of Islamic Cooperation to adopt Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam

  • OIC secretary-general notes that the organization continues to condemn the ideological rhetoric adopted by terrorist groups

JEDDAH: Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen announced on Wednesday that the OIC will adopt the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI) after it is revised in accordance with international human-rights standards. The foreign ministers of the OIC member states are expected to approve the CDHRI at their meeting in Niamey, Niger in April.

 Al-Othaimeen was speaking at the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), held in Geneva on Wednesday, where he highlighted some of the efforts the OIC has made to fight racism and xenophobia — including Islamophobia — claiming that they are the result of “intellectual and political resistance to cultural pluralism.”

He said the OIC, in cooperation with its partners, has prepared “a comprehensive and consensual approach to address incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence on the basis of religion.”

Al-Othaimeen’s speech, which was delivered on his behalf by OIC Geneva Permanent Representative Nassima Baghli, stressed that terrorism, including religious extremism, is a major source of concern for the international community. He pointed out that the OIC continues to condemn the ideological rhetoric adopted by terrorist groups and has established the Sawt Al-Hikma (Voice of Wisdom) Center, which focuses on addressing the ideological rhetoric of extremists.

His speech also reviewed the most common human-rights violations suffered by Muslims, referring to the detailed documentation from the UN’s own human rights bodies and the OIC of discrimination and violence against the Rohingya Muslims.

Al-Othaimeen explained that America’s actions in Palestine in recent months required the OIC to stress that any peace initiative between Israel and Palestine must be consistent with legitimate rights, foremost among which is the right to self-determination.

He also stressed the OIC’s support for Kashmiris in their pursuit of their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with international resolutions and highlighted the OIC’s condemnation of Armenia’s continued occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven regions bordering Azerbaijan.