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The meeting, attended by countries’ representatives, including EU parliamentarians, legal experts, journalists, diplomats and activists, reflected the collaborative spirit and willingness of OIC and EU to promote dialogue, partnership and cooperation, in fulfillment of the shared responsibilities towards common challenges, including the Palestinian question.
Ambassador Ismat Jahan, Permanent Observer of the OIC to the EU underlined in her opening address that the cause of Palestine is a fundamental and critical issue for the OIC. Also speaking at the opening session, Ambassador Abdalrahim Alfarra of the Mission of Palestine in Brussels stressed the importance of implementing relevant resolutions and agreements concerning the two-state solution with all its implications.
Amb. Ali Goutali, Director of Palestine and al-Quds Affairs, addressed the meeting on behalf of the OIC General Secretariat. He expressed the OIC’s gratitude to the EU Parliament for co-organizing and hosting the event, which provided an opportunity to have an open and constructive debate about the Israeli illegal settlements, as a major obstacle to the two-state solution.
The OIC urged, in the statement, the European Union to play an effective role in inspiring and launching a multilaterally sponsored peace process, based on relevant UN Resolutions, and the Arab Peace Initiative. The OIC also indicated that recognizing the State of Palestine by EU Countries and supporting its accession as full-fledged member to the United Nations, would help attain the required objectives, in pursuit of the two-state solution, peace and stability in the region.
Dr. Ahmed Majdalani, Member of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization; Ambassador Dr.. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN; and members of European Parliament (MEPs) also spoke as panelists.