Maldives calls for immediate ceasefire in Palestine

Minister Abdulla Shahid at the Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit as a special envoy of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. (Photo/President's Office)

Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, as a special envoy of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, has called to take immediate steps to stop the aggressive attacks by Israel against the people of Gaza at the Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit.

Shahid did this while addressing the Joint Arab Islamic Extra-ordinary Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia yesterday.

The summit was held to discuss Israel's inhuman aggressive attacks against the Palestinian people.

Shahid strongly condemned the Israeli military attacks against the Palestinian civilian population and called for an immediate end to the attacks.

Shahid also referred to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza and asked for cooperation to ensure the safe passage of essential supplies such as food and medicine into Gaza. He also called on the international community to do everything possible to stop all the aggression involving the entire people of Gaza in violation of international humanitarian law.

In addition, the minister noted that lasting peace and stability in Palestine and the entire Middle East could be established by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine as it was before. 

The Extraordinary Summit will conclude with the joint resolution of the Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit, which discusses Israel’s aggression against the entire Palestinian people, including Gaza and Al-Quds Al-Sharif. The resolution is a joint resolution expressing the views of the member states calling for an end to Israel’s illegal actions and condemning Israel’s deprivation of Palestinian people’s rights and occupation of Palestinian lands.

The Joint Arab Islamic Extra-ordinary Summit is a combination of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)'s previously planned Extraordinary Islamic Summit and the Emergency Arab Summit.

The OIC, which has 57 member states, has always spoken out for the Palestinian people. Maldives, since becoming a member of the OIC in 1976, has been participating in the activities of the organization in collaboration with the member countries.