OIC Council of Foreign Ministers condemn opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The outcome of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) 45th Council of Foreign Ministers Summit held in the Republic of Turkey where the organisation strongly rejected and condemned the decision of the U.S. government to open its embassy in Jerusalem, according to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad (MoFA).

Below is full text of the release:

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly rejects and condemns in the strongest terms this illegal decision by the US Administration as an attack on the historical, legal, natural and

national rights of the Palestinian people, which undermines the standing of the United Nations and rule of international law and thus represents an affront to international peace and security as expressed at the Extraordinary OIC Islamic Summit held in Istanbul on 13th December 2017, and also by the international community at the UN General Assembly held on 21st December 2017.

The OIC views such deplorable action by the US Administration as a clear violation of all existing international laws pertaining to the status of Al Quds Al Sharif and Palestine, in particular the United

Nations Security Council Resolution 242 (1967), 252 (1968), 267 (1969), 298 (1971), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 2334 (2016), United Nations General Assembly resolution

A/RES/72/15 (2017).

The OIC determines that the US Administration has contradicted its own commitments and expressed utter disdain and disrespect to Palestinian legitimate rights, and international law and has made very clear that it has no regard for the rights and religious sentiments of the Muslim Ummah and concludes that the current US Administration has invalidated

its role as a broker in any future peace efforts in Palestine.

The specific status if Al Quds Al Sharif is central to the OIC, to the Muslim Ummah, and to other religions, which therefore requires the protection and preservation of its unique spiritual, religious and

cultural dimensions, as foreseen in relevant UN Resolutions. Hence, the final status of Al Quds Al Sharif should and must be resolved through negotiations in line with relevant UN Resolutions.

The OIC determines that it will continue its efforts to defend the two - state solution and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and statehood by creating positive and irreversible

political and legal realities, and lead efforts to formulate a multilateral and credible approach to end the conflict on the basis of international law and relevant United Nations Resolutions.

The OIC decides to pursue all available legal, political, and legislative avenues at the national and international levels to confront and stop the Israeli colonial settlement regime in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and adopt actions to ensure that companies and other actors that choose to benefit from the Israeli colonial regime are deprived of the opportunity of accessing OIC markets.

The OIC calls upon all states to continue to fully implement UNSC Res.476 and 478 of 1980 and in this regard urges all states to refrain from supporting the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel and not to relocate their diplomatic

missions to Al Quds Al-Sharif and stresses that it shall apply political and economic restrictions to countries, officials, parliaments, companies, or individuals who recognise the annexation of Al Quds by Israel, the occupying power, or deal with any measures related to consecration of Israeli colonisation of occupied Palestinian territory.

The OIC attaches great importance to a just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the capital of the State of Palestine, consistent with the internationally recognised terms of reference and the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative adopted by the Extraordinary Islamic Summit in Makkah Al-Mukarramah in 2005, OIC Extraordinary Summit in Jakarta in 2016 as well as the OIC Extraordinary Summit held in Istanbul on 13th December 2017 and the UN General Assembly Resolution No. 10/19 dated 21st December 2017.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad (MoFA), would like to assure the general public that as The Gambia assumes Chairmanship of the OIC in 2019, the Government of the Republic of The Gambia ensure full and regular communication with the public on any salient matter affecting or relating to the principles upon which the OIC has been built to promote international peace, security and solidarity.

Issued by: Communication Unit of the

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad (MoFA)