President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Friday, attended the 14th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Heads of states and governments of Muslim majority countries gathered to discuss pressing issues confronting the global Muslim community, such as the prevalence of Islamophobia, regional peace in the Middle East and various issues and difficulties facing Muslims worldwide.
In President Solih’s statement at the OIC summit, referred to Maldives' unwavering support for the Palestinian cause as evidence of the country's consistent advocacy on behalf of Muslims everywhere.
Moreover, he highlighted frequent condemnation of anti-Islamic bigotry, as demonstrable examples.
According to the President, matters confronting the Islamic world are immense, "but by the collaborative efforts of fellow Muslim countries and the grace and will of Allah Almighty, we can successfully meet all challenges".
Currently comprising of 57 member countries and representing over a billion people across the globe, OIC has aspired to speak as the collective voice of the Islamic Ummah since its inception in 1969.
Summits are held triennially in accordance with the OIC charter.
As the gathering is held in Saudi Arabia, it grants Maldivian delegation the opportunity to positively engage with Saudi Arabia on bilateral relations and development cooperation.
Whilst in Mecca, President Solih will also perform Umrah rites prior to returning to the Maldives.