Conclusion of the Senior Officials Meeting, Preperatory to the 28th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers

OIC Press Release

31 May 2001

Conclusion of the Senior Officials Meeting, Preperatory to the 28th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers

On behalf of the participants in the Senior Officials Meeting Preparatory to the 28th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers, Mr. Amado Barima Bokum, representative of the Republic of Mali and Chairman of the Senior Officials, sent a cable of thanks and gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdul-Azeez Al-Saud, of Saudi Arabia, for the warm welcome and generous hospitality extended to them during their stay and for the continued patronage and support accorded by the Saudi leadership and government to the OIC and its Subsidiary Organs. The meeting concluded its deliberations on Thursday 8th Rabie Awal 1422 H( corresponding to 31st May 2001).

The Chairman of the meeting also addressed a cable of condolences to H.E. President Yasser Arraft, of the State of Palestine on the occasion of the demise of Mr. Faisal Hussainy, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of Al-Quds dossier. Hussainy passed away on Thursday 31st May 2001 during his visit to the State of Kuwait to attend a popular conference to resist the normalization of relations with Israel. The participants expressed their deep sorrow and grief over the death of Hussainy, a high level statesman and an old militant who devoted his life to the defense of the causes of his homeland especially those relating to Al-Quds and the return of refugees. They also indicated that he kept on defending the principles of right, justice and peace up to the last moments of his life and that his departure represents a painful loss for the Palestinian cause in general and the cause of Al-Quds in particular.

The Senior Officials Meeting adopted a report documenting its deliberations and the ensuing recommendation to adopt the draft resolutions on political issues foremost of which the Palestinian cause, legal matters, issues of Muslim minorities and communities in non-OIC Member States as well as cultural issues and other Islamic joint action related matters.

The above-mentioned recommendations are to be submitted to the 28th Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers to be held in Bamako, capital of Mail form 25th to 29th June 2001.