Palestinian cause cornerstone of OIC work, says Saudi monarch

Mecca, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, on Saturday said the Palestinian cause is the cornerstone of the works of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and is the focus of attention until the Palestinian people get all their legitimate rights guaranteed by the international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab peace initiative.

Addressing the 14th Islamic Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Saudi monarch said: “We reaffirm our unequivocal rejection of any measures that would prejudice the historical and legal status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif.”

He stressed that extremism and terrorism are the most serious scourge facing the Muslim nation and the world at large. “Efforts must be made to combat them, expose their supporters and dry up their financial resources in all available ways and means,” the Saudi monarch added.

King Salman further said: “During this holy month, commercial vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, were subjected near the UAE’s territorial waters to terrorist sabotage. This poses a serious threat to the security and safety of maritime traffic and regional and international security. Also, two oil pump stations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were attacked by drones launched by Iranian-backed terrorist militias.”

He said that “it is painful that Muslims make up the highest proportion of displaced people and refugees worldwide due to unrest, wars and decline of safe living opportunities in their countries.”

The Saudi King emphasized that the restructuring, developing and reforming the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has become an urgent need to address the regional and international challenges facing the nation.

Source: Jordan News Agency