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Maldives condemns Israel in OIC summit

Fathmath Shaahunaz
20 May 2018, MVT 09:46
Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim pictured at the OIC Summit in Istanbul Turkey in May 2018. PHOTO/FOREIGN MINISTRY
Fathmath Shaahunaz
20 May 2018, MVT 09:46

The Maldives has condemned Israel's recent brutal killing of Palestinians in Gaza, at the ongoing seventh summit of the Organisation of Islamic Corporation (OIC).

Speaking at the summit held in Istanbul, Turkey, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamed Asim declared that complacency in the face of Israel's continuous acts of inhumanity against the people of Palestine hinders the endeavours to establish peace in the Middle East.

Slating the United States' decision to shift its embassy in Israel's Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Dr. Asim called on OIC to oppose the work of other nations to move their embassies to Jerusalem as well.

The minister reaffirmed the Maldives' stance on the Palestine-Israel conflict, asserting that the archipelago fully supports Palestine's right to establish East Jerusalem as its capital.

Meanwhile, the Maldives has also backed the UN Human Rights Council's resolution late Friday to set up an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate Israel's recent killing of 60 Palestinians in Gaza.