14 October 2016, 15:50
Uzbekistan to host meeting of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on October 18-19
Tashkent, October 14, Interfax - The 43rd session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will be held in Tashkent on October 18-19, with Uzbekistan presiding over the meeting, Uzbek Deputy Foreign Minister Gayrat Fazilov said.
"The foreign ministers of 26 member countries have officially confirmed their attendance," he said at a press briefing in Tashkent on Friday.
The session will be attended by OIC Secretary General Iyad Amin Madani, President of the Islamic Development Bank Group Bandar Hajjar, countries' special envoys to the OIC and representatives of a number of international organizations, he said.
Under the approved program and the event agenda, acting Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev will address the opening ceremony for the session.
The adopted slogan 'Education and awareness raising is a path towards peace and creation' reflects the priority of Uzbekistan's chairmanship of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, Fazilov said.
The participants in the session will discuss ways to maintain dialogue between states, solutions to the OIC's issues of how to promote peace, joint efforts to combat terrorism, separatism and extremism, as well as steps to deepen interaction in politics, the economy, science, education and culture, he said.
More than 100 resolutions are expected to be approved during the meeting in Tashkent.
The Tashkent declaration, which should become the session's main final document, will address political, economic, cultural and humanitarian issues on the OIC agenda, as well as the priorities of Uzbekistan's upcoming chairmanship of this organization.
Uzbekistan joined the OIC in 1996. It signed and ratified the OIC Charter, adopted in 2008, at the beginning of 2016.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation was established in September 1969 and today includes 57 countries. The OIC is the largest and most influential official governmental Muslim international organization. The Council of Foreign Ministers, which meets once a year, is one of the organization's ruling bodies.
A decision was adopted at the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Kuwait City in May 2015 to hold the council's next session in Tashkent and elect Uzbekistan as the organization's chair in 2016.