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Arabic: العربية

Date: 17/10/2018

 The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the United Nations decision, with a majority of 146 votes, to grant the State of Palestine more powers to perform its duties as the Chair of the Group of 77 + China in 2019, stating that the UN vote shows great discernment on the part of the international community to upgrade the status of the State of Palestine and further its right to full membership of the UN.

OIC Secretary General Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen paid tribute to all countries that have voted in favor of Palestine, delivering a strong political, moral and humanitarian message of support for the Palestinian people’s rights and aspiration to establish an independent state of its own, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

Hailing the UN vote as a historic achievement, Dr Al-Othaimeen said it should galvanize global efforts to engage on a political process that delivers a two-state solution, in line with UN resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.