Guyana y Surinam son invitados a la 42ª reunión del Consejo Ministerial de la Organización de Cooperación Islámica

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Guyana and Suriname invited to participate in Islamic foreign ministers meeting

Guyana and Suriname have been invited by Kuwait’s first deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, to participate in the 42nd session of the Ministerial Council of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), scheduled for May 27 -28 in Kuwait City.

On Sunday, senior officials of the OIC began a three-day preparatory meeting, under the theme “Joint Vision in Promoting Tolerance and Rejecting Terrorism” at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in preparation for the Kuwait meeting.

The meeting discussed urgent issues affecting the Muslim community, including conflict in the Muslim world, the fight against global terrorism, Islamophobia, defaming of religions and other political affairs. The media and humanitarian and legal matters were also brought to the discussion table in the light of the OIC’s Ten-Year Program of Action.

The meeting was chaired by Jassim Mubarak Al-Mubaraki, director of the Department of International Organizations at the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Jassim said, “The Muslim world is facing unprecedented challenges with the rise of groups killing in the name of Islam and tarnishing the image of Muslims, forcing us to defend our faith.”

Palestine and Yemen also top the agenda of the meeting. The Saudis wants the OIC to back their military campaign, “Operative Decisive Storm,” against the Houthis in Yemen.

Both Guyana and Suriname usually send low level delegations to these OIC meetings and may be wary of supporting another war in the region. Guyana and Suriname have national elections in May and it’s not certain that their foreign ministers will travel to Kuwait.

Guyana, which has an embassy in Kuwait, has been without an ambassador since June 2014 after the retirement of Ambassador Dr Odeen Ishmael.

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