Secretary General: OIC supports Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity

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Tajikistan, Dushanbe, May 18 / Trend, R.Mirzabekov /

Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and the peaceful settlement of Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the organization's secretary general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said at the opening of the 37th session of OIC Foreign Ministers.

"OIC supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and the peaceful settlement of the [Nagorno-Karabakh] conflict," he said in his speech.

Session of OIC Foreign Ministers, which will last three days, was opened in Dushanbe with the participation of 80 delegations of OIC member states, delegations of observer countries, international and regional organizations.

The agenda of the session includes issues of escalation in Palestinian-Israeli conflict, turning the Middle East into a nuclear-free zone, as well as the situation in Iraq and Somalia.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Muallem, whose country chaired the 36th session last year, called on all OIC member states to support the initiative turning  the Middle East into a zone free of nuclear weapons, but also pay attention to the situation in the Gaza Strip, which is under the humanitarian blockade of Israel over three years.

"We can't remain indifferent to what is happening in Gaza, where basic human rights are violated," Al-Muallem said.

The Syrian minister also raised the issue of Israel's joining the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in order the country to put its nuclear facilities under comprehensive guarantee of the IAEA.

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