Somali minister for foreign affairs, Ahmed Issue Awad has attended a virtual meeting at the level of foreign ministers of OIC to discuss Israel’s plans to annex occupied territories in the West Bank.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday called for immediate meeting to express solidarity with Palestine.

At the emergency meeting, Awad said Somalia supports the resolution by OIC to condemn Israel’s plans to occupy the land of Palestines.

“I took part in a virtual Extraordinary Meeting of the OIC Executive Committee at the Foreign Ministers level, on the threats of #Israeli occupation to annex part of #Palestine’s territory including the Al-Aqsa mosque. We stand firm with the resolution of the IOC regarding this,” the minister said in Twitter post.

The other hand, the secretary-general of the organization, Yousef Bin Al-Othaimeen has reiterated the OIC’s position of rejecting all Israeli policies aimed at changing the demographic nature of the Palestinian territories.

He also called on the international community to “hold Israel accountable for its continued violations and to provide protection to the Palestinian people.”

Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad al-Maliki called for further political, legal, diplomatic and economic steps to confront the Israeli annexation plan.

The Israeli annexation plan has drawn international condemnation and outrage.

The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is seen as occupied territory under international law, thus making all Jewish settlements there – as well as the planned annexation – illegal.


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