Chairmanship of OIC to be transferred from Kazakhstan to Djibouti
Kazakhstan, Astana, Nov 13 /Trend D. Mukhtarov/
Kazakhstan will transfer the chairmanship of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to the Republic of Djibouti, Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Altai Abibullayev said on Tuesday at a briefing in Astana.
"The 39th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will be held in Djibouti on November 15-16. Kazakh delegation will be headed by Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov at the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers. The Republic of Kazakhstan will transfer the chairmanship in the OIC to Djibouti in the frame of the 39th session," Abibullayev said.
Kazakhstan headed OIC in June 2011. Ministerial Council of the Islamic Conference was held in Astana with the participation of heads of state, which resulted in important decisions, such as renaming the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in full Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Astana Declaration was also adopted.
"I would like to stress that Kazakhstan's presidency coincided with a very difficult period in the history of the Middle East and North Africa," Abibullayev said.
He noted that bilateral meetings ofYerlan Idrisov with OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and with the foreign ministers of key Muslim countries is planned in the frame of the session in Djibouti.
"The sides are planning to summarize Kazakhstan's chairmanship in this authoritative organization, and discuss future plans for cooperation during the meeting," the spokesman of Foreign Ministry said.
Earlier Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev praised the results of the country's presidency in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.