24th January, 2016 (WAM) — The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, has welcomed the decision of the Republic of Indonesia to host an Extraordinary Islamic Summit in Jakarta on the 6th and 7th of March 2016 on the issue of Al-Quds and Palestine in light of the persistent apartheid Israeli policies of oppression of the Palestinian people, changing the demography and social make up of Al-Quds and encroachments on Al Aqsa Mosque.

Over the past few days, the OIC Secretary-General, Iyad Ameen Madani, has conducted intensive talks with Retno LP Marsudi, Indonesian Foreign Minister and Riyad al-Malki, Foreign Minister of Palestine, on the arrangements and preparations for the Extraordinary Summit, and established high level committees to continue work for that purpose.

The decision to hold this Extraordinary Summit came in response to the request of Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, to consolidate and move the OIC’s efforts forward in support of the Palestinian people in their struggle for their national and human rights, the protection of Palestinian social fabric and character, the preservation of Muslim and Christian places of worship from Israeli racist policies of Judaisation, and the resumption of the peace process within a specific agenda, timetable and a more just and effective mediation.