Ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev, Permanent Observer of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations in New York addressed the United Nations Roundtable on the Question of Palestine,"Building Bridges with Palestinian Diaspora in Central America". The event was organized by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in Managua, Nicaragua on 4 February 2017.
In his statement to the conference that was also attended by Excellency Mr. Samuel Santos López, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Nicaragua, Excellency Dr. Riyad Al Maliki, Foreign Minister of the State of Palestine, and H.E. Amb. Fodé Seck,Vice-Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Ambassador Mehdiyev stated that for the OIC as an inter-governmental Organization that was established after the Israeli arson against the Aqsa Mosque and has grown to assume the forefront in fostering solidarity and cooperation among Muslim States, owing to its 57-State membership, this is a significant occasion to highlight that this meeting represents a shining example of the collaborative spirit, shared values and common interest, which are required in order to promote solidarity, collaboration, pride and national affinity across borders with a view to devising mechanisms for eventual participation of Palestinian expatriates as a catalyst for positive change in Palestine.
He further stated that the organization of Islamic Cooperation highlighted in many occasions that Palestinians in the diaspora should be engaged as a vital building block for Palestinian economic, social, and political development, and should be recruited to address the challenges facing the Palestinian people, foremost of which are inadequate investment, low capacity utilization, chronic unemployment, and slow growth because of the ongoing Israeli occupation.
He also mentioned that the OIC General Secretariat appreciates the significance of engaging the Palestinian diaspora in the state-building process and in advocating the just cause of Palestine. To this end, the OIC has engaged in consultations with a number of Palestinian institutions, and most recently with the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, to explore areas of cooperation to advance this important subject.
In conclusion he emphasized the OIC’s unwavering position on the cause of Palestine and the centrality of Al-Quds Al-Sharif for the Islamic Ummah and reaffirmed OIC's principle support to the rights of Palestinian people to national independence and sovereignty based on the two state solution which warrant the end of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and the cessation of all settlement activities and violations in the city of Al Quds.