The Foreign Ministers welcomed, through their “Jeddah Declaration” issued on Thursday 19th June 2014, the setting up of a ministerial Contact Group on the City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, and called for prompt action to convey the OIC’s message on Al-Quds to those states that share the political, moral and ethical responsibility towards the Palestinian issue all in addition to supporting the OIC’s efforts to carry through the strategic plan for the development of the city of Al-Quds and to mobilize the necessary resources for the benefit of Beit Mal Al-Quds Al-Sharif. The Ministers placed the full responsibility on Israel, the occupying force, for the stalled peace process, as a result of its failure to honour its commitment to release the fourth batch of Palestinian detainees and its continued policy of settlement, blockading and judeization of Al-Quds/Jerusalem and alteration of its geographic and demographic features.
The Ministers rejected also the presidential elections recently held in Syria, along with all its ensuing results, as it conflicts with the Geneva declaration which calls for the setting up of a transitional government with a view to revitalize the peace process for the implementation of the transitional phase under the joint leadership of all parties. They strongly condemned the Syrian regime as to the implementation of the Security Council Res. No. 2139 which calls for facilitating the access of humanitarian relief to the Syrian citizens without obstructions, and called on all Member States and concerned effective international players to increase their contributions in view of the rising numbers of Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries.
The Jeddah Declaration also expressed concern over the developments in Libya and urged all the Libyan parties to engage in an inclusive national dialogue to achieve a consensual solution such as to end the crisis.
With regard to the situation in Central Africa, the OIC Ministers of Foreign Affairs called for an immediate end to all the forms of violence faced by the Muslims there, and pointed to their support for the OIC Secretary General’s efforts and those of his envoy to Central Africa. They also called on the OIC Member States to extend the necessary humanitarian assistance to the victims of the conflict and to the neighboring countries hosing the refugees.
The Jeddah Declaration further expressed solidarity with Yemen, Mali, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Somalia, Cote d’Ivoire, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as with the peoples of Jammu and Kashmir, Turkish Cyprus, and Kosovo, in their aspiration towards a peaceful and secure life.
The Declaration called for an end to the ongoing violence and discrimination against the Muslim Rohingya people in the province of Arakan in Myanmar, in addition to expressing support for the Secretary General’s decision to designate a special envoy to Myanmar in favour of reaching satisfactory solutions that ensure the rights of the Muslim Rohingya and protect them against oppression.
While the Ministers also condemned the acts of violence perpetrated by Boko Haram and while they reiterated their support for and solidarity with the people and government of Nigeria to neutralize this rebellious group, they reaffirmed their countries’ commitment to the consolidation of cooperation and coordination in the fight against terrorism, and paid tribute to the efforts of the International Centre set up by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the UN umbrella to combat terrorism.
Also, the Jeddah Declaration called for a firm stand against extremism which hides behind religion or sectarianism. It called for steering away from accusing others, among the followers of Islamic doctrines, of apostasy, and called upon Member States to expand dialogue among the doctrines and to consolidate moderation, balance and tolerance. In this framework, the Ministers welcomed again the proposal of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, to set up a centre for Islamic Intra-doctrinal Dialogue as approved by the Fourth Extraordinary Islamic Summit held in Makkah Al Mukarramah in August 2012. They also invited the OIC General Secretariat to see to the prompt implementation of this resolution in coordination with the host country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, so that the Centre may start assuming its role.
The Foreign Ministers welcomed also the selection of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to host the headquarters of the Islamic Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission.
On the economic front, the Jeddah Declaration urged the OIC General Secretariat to restructure the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry so that it may be more effective in enabling the business people to play and impactful role in boosting cooperation between the Islamic Chambers in the Member States. The Declaration also stressed the need to enhance the existing cooperation within the OIC framework in the area of standardizing Halal foodstuff criteria, accreditation and certification, and to encourage international recognition of the OIC Halal standards. Furthermore the Jeddah Declaration emphasized the need to adopt ways and means to expand financing services for the benefit of small and medium enterprises and develop them in the Member States as a powerful means to resolve the issues of financial exclusion and poverty, and to empower women and tackle the issue of unemployment.
The Jeddah Declaration welcomed the offer made by the State of Kuwait to host the 42nd Session of the Council of Foreign Minister in 2015.