OIC Commission for economic, social and cultural affairs held meeting in Jeddah – MFA


OIC Commission for economic, social and cultural affairs held meeting in Jeddah - MFAKazakh Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kairat Umarov chaired the 34th session of the OIC Commission for Economic, Social and Cultural Affairs which was held in Jeddah on April 24-26, Kazinform refers to the press service of the Kazakh MFA.

The meeting is the first event organized within the forthcoming chairmanship of Kazakhstan in the OIC Foreign Ministers’ Council. The participants focused on draft decisions in the sphere of economic, scientific-technical and cultural-humanitarian cooperation planned be adopted at the 38th session of the OIC Foreign Ministers’ Council in Astana this summer.

During the meeting the representatives of 57 member countries backed the initiatives of the Kazakh side. In particular, a draft resolution concerning the 20th anniversary of closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing site, the International Day against Nuclear Tests and rehabilitation of the Aral Sea region were approved.

A high level meeting in “Central Asia-OIC” format was held within the Commission’s work. A draft Action Plan on cooperation of the OIC with the Central Asian region was discussed.

Besides, a session of the General Assembly of the OIC subsidiary bodies and affiliated institutions was organized under the chairmanship of the Kazakh delegation.

Within the event Kairat Umarov had a meeting with Secretary General of the Organization Ekmeleddin ?hsano?lu to discuss Kazakhstan’s cooperation with the OIC, the urgent issues of regional and international agenda including the latest events in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

E. ?hsano?lu highly appraised Kazakhstan’s achievements over 20 years of independence, which are inextricably associated with the Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and his impressive victory in the last presidential elections.

Having noted Kazakhstan’s successful presidency in the OSCE,  E. ?hsano?lu stressed that Kazakhstan could mediate between the West and the Islamic World. In his opinion, holding the Summit of the OIC Foreign Ministers Council in Astana is of paramount importance for the entire Muslim community.

In this view, K. Umarov said that being a member of Troika chairing the OSCE, Kazakhstan would continue contributing to the development of the dialogue between the authoritative international organizations and added that Astana was ready to assist in the OIC-OSCE cooperation.