*HELD ON THE SIDELINES OF THEST OIC SUMMIT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 10 SEPTEMBER 2017 ASTANA, REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN *
1. The Heads of State and government of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held a meeting to discuss the current developments of the situation of the Muslim Rohingya community in Myanmar, on the sidelines of the 1 st OIC Summit of Science and Technology in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, on 10th September 2017, on the initiative of H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey, current chair of the OIC Summit.
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, highlighted that the OIC-stemmed Islamic Solidarity Fund has contributed since the beginning of its activity in 1976 until this year 2017 in funding many social, cultural, economic, educational and health projects in the State of Palestine.
The total amounts in this regard has reached around US $ 26.939 million, under what is known as the item of support to the steadfastness and struggle of the Palestinian people.
The Islamic Solidarity Fund of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) announced that the number of projects approved and executed since its establishment up to 2017 is about 2, 695 projects in the amount of US$249 million. The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen lauded the ongoing generous voluntary contributions by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Turkey.
The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation calls upon the international community, the international organizations and the civil society organizations to intensify their efforts in supporting the Republic of Yemen to contain the cholera epidemic, stop its spread and address the humanitarian and health situation, which has significantly deteriorated.
The OIC General Secretariat expressed its strong condemnation of the acts of violence perpetrated at Bangassou in Central Africa, by Anti Balaka militias, on 12-13 May 2017, which claimed the lives of dozens of dead among Muslims and UN peacekeepers, including a soldier from the Kingdom of Morocco and five others of different nationalities, as well as the displacement of hundreds of unarmed civilians.