JEDDAH, 13th October, 2016 (WAM) — Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, will be hosting the proceedings of the forty-third session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, CFM, on 18th and 19th October.

The OIC Director-General of Political Affairs, Ambassador Tariq Ali Bakhiet, said that the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait, Chairman of the forty-second session of the CFM, Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad al-Sabah, will preside over the inaugural session and welcome the interim President of Uzbekistan, Shavket Mirziyoyev.

The interim President will then deliver a statement followed by the OIC Secretary-General, Iyad Ameen Madani, who will present the OIC’s views of the challenges ahead within the political security, economic, cultural, social and humanitarian framework.

According to the meeting programme, this will be followed by the handing over of the council’s chairmanship to the Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Kamilov, who will also deliver a statement on the occasion.

The inaugural session, Bakhiet added, will witness a debate on the theme of the forty-third session of the CFM, “Education and Enlightenment: the Path to Peace and Creativity”. The OIC Centre for Dialogue, Peace and Understanding will be officially launched at the inaugural session during a special ceremony.

Bakhiet pointed out that key among the resolutions to be considered by the council are those relating to the Palestine issue, the situation in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Mali and the Republic of Central Africa, in addition to the issues of Muslim communities in non-OIC member states, particularly in Myanmar.

The meeting will also cover important resolutions concerning the combating of terrorism and radicalism, disarmament, and countering Islamophobia.

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