Chairman of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) Dr. Salih bin Abdullah bin Humeid led the Kingdom’s delegation to the two-day conference in Dakar, Senegal, the third held by the parliamentary councils of the member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which ended yesterday with a communiqué covering issues such as Iraq, the Middle East, Islamic solidarity, and dialogue.
The communiqué voiced opposition to western interference in the domestic affairs of Middle East countries, declaring that any process of reform is the responsibility of the regions’ nations alone; expressed anxiety over the situation in Iraq, reiterating the right of the Iraqis to their political and economic sovereignty; and condemned the repressive measures taken by the Israeli authorities against the Palestinians, describing Israel’s settlement policy as running counter to international conventions and treaties, denouncing Israeli attempts to change the demographic characteristic of Al-Quds [East Jerusalem], reiterating the right of the Palestinians to return to their homeland in line with UN Resolution 194, and welcoming international efforts for the revival of the peace process in line with the Arab initiative approved at the Beirut Summit. The communiqué condemned all forms of terrorism, and urged its confrontation by the United Nations, while confirming the right of states to resist foreign occupation in line with Article 51 of the UN Charter. It also called for support for dialogue between Islamic and western parliamentarians; and in the economic sphere, urged cooperation among Muslim countries towards the establishment of a common Islamic market. The Conference also denounced biased media campaigns against Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries following September 11; and called for measures to be taken to correct wrong concepts and ideas about Islam, noting that Islam is a religion of tolerance and moderation, and has nothing to do with terrorism and fanaticism.