Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with Dr. Yousef Al Othaimeen, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the sidelines of his visit to Malaysia to participate in the OIC Emergency Ministerial Meeting to be held in Kuala Lumpur.
At the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the level of current cooperation between Azerbaijan and the OIC and exchanged views on the other issues of mutual concern.
The Secretary General Yousef Al Othaimeen highly appreciated the active role of Azerbaijan as an OIC Member State and its contribution to the activities of the Organization and expressed his confidence that the cooperation with Azerbaijan will further be continued at the highest level.
Minister Elmar Mammadyarov informed his interlocutor about the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on declaring the year of 2017 the “Year of Islamic Solidarity” in Azerbaijan. The OIC Secretary General mentioned that this Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan is highly appreciated and commended.
Minister said that Azerbaijan will spare no efforts to strengthen solidarity within the OIC and expressed his assurance that the Islamic Solidarity Games to be hosted by Azerbaijan will make tangible contribution to the development of this goal.
Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov invited Secretary General Yousef Al Othaimeen to Azerbaijan and expressed his hope that the athletes of the OIC Member States will actively participate in the upcoming Islamic Solidarity Games. The OIC Secretary General has kindly accepted the invitation.
Elmar Mammadyarov commended the establishment of the Contact Group on the aggression of the Republic of Armenia against the Republic of Azerbaijan within OIC and its first constitutive session. He also expressed his appreciation to the OIC Secretary General and Member States for unequivocally supporting Azerbaijan’s fair position on the resolution of Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict based on the norms and principles of international law. In this context, he also underlined the resolutions and statements adopted by OIC on the conflict.
At the meeting, the sides exchanged their views on the issues such as the situation of Rohingya Muslims, fighting against terrorism and trends of Islamophobia, also the subjects on the agenda of the OIC.