OIC's emergency meeting condemns Houthi-Saleh militias targeting of Makkah

JEDDAH, 5th November, 2016 (WAM) -- The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned in the strongest terms the Houthi-Saleh militias and those who support and provide them with arms, weapons, rockets, and missiles to target the holy city of Makkah.

The act is an aggression on the sanctity of holy sites in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and provokes the feelings of Muslims around the world. It is evidence of the militias’ refusal to comply with the international community and its resolutions, according to the final communique of the emergency meeting of the ministerial-level Executive Committee on the launching of a ballistic missile towards Makkah by Houthi-Saleh militias.

The Executive Committee met in Jeddah on Saturday to discuss the recent development.

After exhaustive discussions and deliberations, the participants unanimously reiterated the statements made by member and non-member States, and regional and international organisations, strongly denouncing this aggression which sought to undermine the security and stability of the holy sites, and thwart all efforts being made to end the conflict in Yemen peacefully.

The meeting affirmed the support of member states for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its fight against terrorism and against all those attempting to harm it or target the holy sites therein. It also affirmed its solidarity with the kingdom in its efforts to preserve its security and stability, and simultaneously called on all member states to stand united against this heinous aggression and against those supporting its perpetrators with arms. The meeting considered the infringement upon the kingdom’s security as an infringement upon the security and cohesion of the Muslim world as a whole.

The meeting affirmed that those backing Houthi-Saleh militias, providing them with arms and trafficking ballistic missiles and weapons, are accomplices in aggression against the holy sites, a clear party seeking to sow dissent and fuel sectarian discord, and a key sponsor of terrorism. Persisting in this practice would lead to instability and undermine the security of the Muslim world. It also constituted a disregard for its holy sites.

The meeting requested all member states and the international community to take effective measures to prevent the occurrence of such aggression in the future, and to hold accountable those trafficking arms, providing training and extending support to this rebel group.

The meeting recommended the holding of an emergency meeting of foreign ministers of the OIC member states in Makkah in the next two weeks to consider the targeting of the holy city by Houthi-Saleh militias.


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