(September 16, 2019 / JNS) The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday called for international mechanisms to hold Israel accountable for its “violations,” referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow last week to annex the Jordan Valley if elected on Tuesday.
OIC Secretary General Yousef al-Othaimeen of Saudi Arabia said that the Palestinian issue is the “central concern” of the OIC states, adding, “the Saudi call is a continuation of the dedicated commitment, both political and material, on the part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to advance the issues of the Muslim world, mainly the Palestinian cause.”
The OIC also expressed its “its total rejection and strong condemnation of the Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu]’s declaration” regarding the annexation of the Jordan Valley.
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf, who chaired the meeting, said “the kingdom is very clear in condemning and rejecting the Israeli prime minister’s statement, considering it and its resulting consequences null and void.”
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Netanyahu’s statement endangers prospects for the two-state solution.
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