JEDDAH, 16th October, 2016 (WAM) — The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has welcomed the adoption by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, of a resolution that acknowledges Al-Aqsa Mosque to be an exclusively Islamic Holy site.

The General Secretariat stressed that this resolution was an expression of the condemnation and rejection by the international community of all Israeli occupation policies and actions, designed to cover up historical facts and deny the inalienable political, cultural and religious rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine, according to the OIC.

Iyad Amin Madani, OIC Secretary-General, commended the OIC group’s efforts and the positions of friendly countries that backed the resolution, which would entrench and preserve the Arabo-Islamic identity of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Mr. Madani stressed the importance of enforcement of historic and important resolutions, and called, at the same time, on UNESCO to shoulder its responsibilities and take the necessary measures to put an end to the serious Israeli violations against the Arabo-Islamic heritage in Palestine, especially in the cities of Jerusalem and Al-Khalil, which run counter to the principles of international law and relevant UN resolutions.