Jeddah 8 April 2023 (TDI): On April 8, 2023, Malaysia, a member state, actively participated in the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) meeting, which was called to address the pressing issue of Israeli aggression in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The meeting aimed to discuss the recent developments in the conflict, particularly the Israeli attacks on Palestinian worshippers and the desecration of the holy site.
Malaysia, as a responsible member of the international community, recognized the urgency of the situation and actively contributed to the deliberations at the meeting.
Through its active participation, Malaysia conveyed its strong condemnation of the Israeli aggression and reaffirmed its unwavering support for the Palestinian cause. The country also called for an immediate cessation of the violence and urged all parties to engage in peaceful dialogue and diplomacy to resolve the conflict.
Datuk Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the OIC, attended the Open-Ended Extraordinary Meeting of the OIC Executive Committee.
This meeting’s purpose was to debate the recent Israeli attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the State of Palestine and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in coordination and consultation with Saudi Arabia as Chair of the OIC Summit and OIC Executive Committee, following the aggression on the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israel on 5 April 2023.
Datuk Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah expressed Malaysia’s solidarity with the Palestinian cause. He joined other OIC Member States in forcefully denouncing the most recent barbaric assaults on worshippers and the Israeli government’s invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Malaysia emphasized the significance of OIC Member States to keep up pressure on the Israeli government to stop any provocative actions that could inflame tensions. It asked for OIC to take tangible and decisive steps to support the issue of Palestine.
Malaysia maintains its long-held position that the Palestinians deserve an independent state based on pre-1967 borders, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.
It also urges OIC Member States to maintain pressure on Palestine to become a full-fledged member of the United Nations (UN), where it has been an Observer State since 2012.
The Al-Aqsa mosque is one of the holiest sites in Islam and is located in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The site has been the center of religious and political tensions between Israelis and Palestinians for decades, and recent events have raised concerns about the future of the region.
The Secretary-General, during the meeting, advised against changing the historical and legal status of Islamic and Christian holy places, particularly Al-Aqsa Mosque.
He blamed the Israeli occupation for the consequences of these hazardous crimes and transgressions, which have the potential to incite violence, tension, instability, and insecurity in the region.