Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid departed to Niamey, Republic of Niger, on Monday, to attend the 47th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The meeting this year is held under the theme “United against Terrorism for Peace and Development”, from November 27 to 28.
During his participation at the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting, Minister Shahid will deliver a national statement briefing the Member States on the COVID-19 situation in Maldives, along with government policies implemented to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
He will also outline the Maldives’ perspective on key issues affecting the Muslim community and call for greater Islamic solidarity in times of crises.
In addition to the aforementioned, Shahid is also scheduled to conduct a number of bilateral meetings with his counterparts in the OIC.
During the trip, the foreign minister will be accompanied by the Ambassador of Maldives to Saudi Arabia and Permanent Representative of Maldives to the OIC, Mohamed Khaleel and and Assistant Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Salman Zaki.
The Council, which meets once a year, considers the implementation of the general policy of the organization by adopting decisions and resolutions on matters of mutual interest, and reviews the progress of the implementation of the decisions and resolutions adopted during the previous Islamic Summits and Councils of Foreign Ministers Meetings.
The decisions of the Council of Foreign Ministers are implemented by the General Secretariat of the OIC.
Maldives became a member of the OIC in 1976, and has since actively participated in the activities and meetings of the Organization. The OIC has 57 Member States, comprising mainly of Muslim majority countries.