The work of the extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the level of foreign ministers opened on Monday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to formulate a common position on the American peace plan in the Middle East.
Morocco is represented at this meeting by a delegation led by the Minister Delegate responsible for Moroccans residing abroad, Nezha El Ouafi, and including in particular the Director of the Orient, the Gulf, Arab and Islamic organizations near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad, Fouad Akhrif, and the Deputy Permanent Representative of Morocco to the OIC, Abdallah Babah.
This meeting, held at the request of Palestine to discuss the OIC position on the American peace plan known to the media as the “Deal of the Century” announced by President Donald Trump last week, comes two days after a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo, which ended with the rejection of the “agreement” and the reaffirmation of Arab attachment to the right of the Palestinian people to establish an independent state with Al Quds as its capital.
Speaking at the opening of this meeting, Riyad al-Maliki, Palestinian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, asked the OIC countries to categorically reject the “deal of the century” and not to align themselves on the agenda of the American administration and the Israeli colonial occupation which denies the Palestinian people their legitimate national rights.
“We say to those who believe that the agreement of the century is an opportunity, that it is just an attempt by a group of ideologists to give legal status to war crimes and to have them admitted, instead of texts international law, the narrow interpretation of certain religious texts that serve the Zionist colonization of our land, even an opportunity to escalate conflicts and sow the seeds of chaos in the world,” he said, noting that the approval or support of this “agreement” would lead to the normalization of aggression as a new rule of international policy and would undermine all the international institutions concerned.
The Council of the Arab League at ministerial level had expressed, on Saturday in Cairo, the Arab rejection of the “deal of the century” American-Israeli, announced recently by President Donald Trump as an alternative settlement to the conflict in the Middle East.
At the end of an extraordinary session held at the level of foreign ministers, it was stressed in a press release that this unilateral plan does not meet the fundamental rights and aspirations of the Palestinian people and is at odds with the international benchmarks of peace and relevant United Nations resolutions as well as Washington’s call to respect international benchmarks for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace approach.