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My live update on the opening statements of the #OICMakkahSummit underway now.

#AhmedQuraishi @AQpk
King Salman: I thank President Erdogan for his leadership in previous session of the OIC Summit.

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King Salman: #Palestinian issue remains the central question at the heart of OIC's work. We reject any illegal change in the status of Al-Quds/Jerusalem. The Palestinian people will receive our full support to achieve their legitimate rights.

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King Salman: Muslims constitute a large part of the refugees and displaced peoples in the world. We need to act against militants & groups that ravage our states.

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King Salman: UAE & Saudi Arabia faced attacks and aggression recently led by Iran. Saudi Arabia always brought Muslim nations together, and we will continue to do so.

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King Salman: The reform of OIC is an urgent need to position the organization to play a major role in the world today.

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OIC SecGen Dr. Al Othaimeen: Thank you Turkey for its role in OIC leadership in its last session.

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OIC SecGen Dr. Al Othaimeen: Independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as capital is the only acceptable resolution to the Palestinian question. We support #UNRWA's work in Palestinian territories.

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OIC SecGen Dr. Al Othaimeen: We are follow with concern the situation of the #Rohingya, the situation in Jammu & #Kashmir, and in #NagornoKarabakh. And are pursuing action to resolve these conflicts.

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OIC SecGen Dr. Al Othaimeen: OIC condemns the terrorist attack by the Iran-backed Houthi militia against Saudi Arabia.

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OIC SecGen Dr. Al Othaimeen: Extremism & terrorism is among the biggest challenges facing Muslim states.

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King Salman: I give the floor to Turkey 🇹🇷

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Turkey FM Mevlud Cavusoglu: I thank Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman for his hospitality and leadership.

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Turkey FM Mevlud Cavusoglu: Turkey 🇹🇷 fully supports Saudi Arabia Saudi 🇸🇦 in its leadership of OIC.

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Turkey FM Mevlud Cavusoglu: We have a responsibility to reject any resolutions to Palestinian Conflict that focus on economic development and ignore justice and pride. We are responsible in front of our nations on this.

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Turkey FM Mevlud Cavusoglu: Territories of Azerbaijan 🇦🇿 remain under occupation. We thank the OIC for the support to Azerbaijan and to Turkish Cyprus which is an observer member of OIC.

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King Salman: I give the floor to President of Tunisia 🇹🇳 as the Head of the Arab bloc in OIC.

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President of Tunisia 🇹🇳 Beji Caid Essebsi, Rep Arab Bloc: OIC needs to unite to face challenge of extremism/terrorism, reject sectarianism, and believe Saudi Arabia will lead in this regard.

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King Salman: I give the floor to President of Nigeria 🇳🇬 representing the Africa Bloc in OIC.

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President of Nigeria 🇳🇬 Muhammadu Bukhari: I thank President Erdogan of Turkey 🇹🇷 for his leadership and believe that Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 will contribute greatly in leading the next session.

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President of Nigeria 🇳🇬 Muhammadu Bukhari: I thank the OIC and many of its member states for their active help to my country to combat extremism & terrorism in western African region.

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King Salman: I give the floor to Sheikh Hasina, PM of Bangladesh 🇧🇩 representing the Asian Bloc in OIC.

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Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh 🇧🇩 Rep Asian Bloc: Islam is a religion of peace. My father Sheikh Mujeeb had great concern for the Islamic world. A peaceful religion is misunderstood today because of extremists & terrorists.

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Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh 🇧🇩 Rep Asian Bloc: My country has given refuge to more than one million of #Rohingya, and we work to ensure they return to their homes with dignity. We need your support.

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Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh 🇧🇩 Rep Asian Bloc: My father Sheikh Mujeeb was assassinated, my mother, I and sisters survived but lived in fear. I understand the suffering of Palestinians.

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Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh 🇧🇩 Rep Asian Bloc: We need to stop financial and military support by some countries to extremists and terrorists.

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Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh 🇧🇩 Rep Asian Bloc: Disagreements between Muslim countries should be resolved peacefully.

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King Salman: I give the floor to Emir of Kuwait 🇰🇼 Sheikh Sabah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

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Emir Kuwait 🇰🇼 Sheikh Sabah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah: King Salman's hosting of #OICMakkahSummit shows his concern for challenges facing our Muslim World. Concerned at attacks on Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 & UAE 🇦🇪 We support your right to defense. And thank Turkey 🇹🇷 leadership in last session.
Emir of Kuwait 🇰🇼 Sheikh Sabah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah: Sad that 61% if refugees in the world are Muslims, also the highest number of illiteracy and high levels of poverty.

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Emir of Kuwait 🇰🇼 Sheikh Sabah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah: Palestinian issue is festering. We ask international community to revive peace process, resolve it on the basis of two-state solution.

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Emir of Kuwait 🇰🇼 Sheikh Sabah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah: Yemen war continues because parties refuse to abide by their commitments in peace talks. We support a solution in Syria in accordance with UN resolutions on Syria.

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Emir of Kuwait 🇰🇼 Sheikh Sabah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah: We call on the brothers in Libya to stop bloodshed and care for their people and country and cooperate with international efforts for peace.

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King Salman: I give the floor to King Abdullah bin Al-Hussain of Jordan 🇯🇴

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King Abdullah of Jordan 🇯🇴: We remember from Makkah the first Qibla of Muslims in Al-Quds/Jerusalem. The OIC approved the Arab Peace Initiative that accepted peace according to 1967 borders.

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King Abdullah of Jordan 🇯🇴: Jordan as the Custodial of Muslim and Christian Holy Places in Al-Quds will continue to coordinate with our Palestinian brothers & sisters.

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King Abdullah of Jordan 🇯🇴: As Muslims, there is no place among us for the dark thoughts of extremism and terrorism. This is our message to the world. We will work with our partners in the world to defeat this scourge.

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King Salman: I give the floor to President Abdelfattah Al-Sisi of Egypt 🇪🇬

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President Abdelfattah Al-Sisi of Egypt 🇪🇬 : While we fight extremism & terrorism, we also reject Islamophobia. Let me blunt: We reject any hate speech against Islam and Muslims and discriminatory treatment of Muslims based on their religion.

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President Abdelfattah Al-Sisi of Egypt 🇪🇬 : Unacceptable that Palestine conflict continues for seven decades. We support comprehensive resolution of Palestinian issue and reject the exploitation of Palestinian issue by opportunists.

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President Abdelfattah Al-Sisi of Egypt 🇪🇬 : We condemn Houthis militia, and its attacks against Saudi Arabia. The plight of #Rohingya Muslims is unacceptable. We call for steps to protect them from falling in the empty cycle of extremism & violence.

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King Hamad bin is Issa of Bahrain 🇧🇭: It is time now for a decisive action to resolve conflicts & issues that hamper the progress and prosperity of our countries. Topping the list of issues to be resolved is Palestine 🇦🇪

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King Hamad bin is Issa of Bahrain 🇧🇭: Palestinians have the right to an independent state with East Jerusalem as capital based on 1967 borders.

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King Hamad bin is Issa of Bahrain 🇧🇭: We believe in the principle of respect of neighbors and non-interference in the internal affairs of neighbors.

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PM #ImranKhan of #Pakistan 🇵🇰: I always told my self that if I ever got the chance to address OIC, I'll raise the issue of the insult to Prophet PBUH in the West.

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PM #ImranKhan of #Pakistan 🇵🇰: We should explain our position to the West the way Jews successfully explained Holocaust. We should do like them.

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PM #ImranKhan of #Pakistan 🇵🇰: We also failed to stop link of #Kashmir & #Palestine struggle to terrorism. We should also focus on technology. On Palestine, I insist on 2-state solution, Golan Heights should return. Kashmir should get right to self determination.
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PM #ImranKhan of #Pakistan 🇵🇰: I would like to especially thank Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman of Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 for letting my delegation enter the burial room of Prophet PBUH.

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The entire delegation of #Qatar 🇶🇦 walked out of #OICMakkahSummit when King Abdullah of #Jordan 🇯🇴 started speaking. The walkout was auspicious and created commotion. Such acts are considered undiplomatic.
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King Salman and PM Imran Khan emphasize on two-state solution, with East Jerusalem as capital.
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Delegates are waiting now for a readout of the Final Declaration of #OICMakkahSummit, which will be broadcast live.
The complete political and diplomatic coordination between #Turkey 🇹🇷 & #SaudiArabia 🇸🇦, who are the previous & current heads of OIC, was noticeable thing before and during the proceedings of #OICMakkahSummit
#Iran 🇮🇷 was represented at #OICMakkahSummit by a senior official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who flew into #SaudiArabia from #Tehran, plus the permanent envoy of Iran to OIC Secretariat in #Jeddah.
Among the prominent Muslim nations that did not get the chance to address #OICMakkahSummit are #UAE #Iraq #Morocco #Palestine, #Oman.
On the last Friday of #Ramadan 2019, this was the first largest gathering of #Arab & #Muslim leaders at #Makkah in probably a century, with three consecutive summit meetings of #GCC #ArabLeague #OIC.

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One of the most interesting moments in #OICMakkahSummit: when Emir of #Kuwait 🇰🇼 introduced Prime Minister of #Qatar 🇶🇦@ANK_AlThani to King Salman 🇸🇦. Qatari PM was eagerly standing by for introduction:

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Also interesting, as Emir of #Kuwait 🇰🇼 introduced PM #Qatar 🇶🇦 @ANK_AlThani to King Salman 🇸🇦, King of #Bahrain 🇧🇭 turned away to avoid meeting the Qatari PM.
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#OIC SecGen Dr. Al Othaimeen: President #XiJinping 🇨🇳 sends a letter to OIC Secretariat congratulating #SaudiArabia 🇸🇦 & all member states on #OICMakkahSummit. He becomes the first president of #China to take this step.
Final communique #MakkahDeclaration:
-#Palestine & #AlQuds are central issues of Islamic World
-Reject #US decision to recognize Jerusalem as #Israel capital
-Withdrawal from #GolanHeights
-Condemn attacks on #KSA+#UAE
-Condemn #Israeli violations of #Lebanon sovereignty.
One more point in the final communique of #OICMakkahSummit #MakkahDeclaration was roughly as follows:

#OIC rejects promotion of sectarianism.

An indirect reference to the Government of #Iran, without naming it.
PM #ImranKhan of #Pakistan was the only leader of a major Islamic power who mentioned #Holocaust and called on #Muslims to learn to defend their causes "from the Jews."

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Briefing by @AdelAljubeir after #OICMakkahSummit: Islamic World rejects practices of Government of #Iran; isolated by international community and now by #Muslim states. We call on Iran to focus on its people, end supporting terrorism.
@AdelAljubeir: #Islam does not need reform. Islam is a moderate, centrist religion that united the East & West both geographically and intellectually. We are moderate by nature and need to return to moderation, away from extremism.

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#OIC SecGen Dr. Al Othaimeen in press briefing now: Not a single member state of #OIC #ArabLeague #GCC objected to condemning attacks on #KSA & #UAE.

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@AdelAljubeir at press briefing to international media after: 14th #IslamicSummit condemns #Iran practices. Asks countries that moved embassies to #AlQuds/#Jerusalem to revoke take back their decision.

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#Saudi Crown Prince #MBS kept a low profile during the Summit. He was seated with the delegations since he was heading the Saudi delegation but did not play any leading role, which was reserved for King Salman & OIC SecGen.
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#Kashmir was part of #OICMakkahSummit. It was actually everywhere, from tough statements of @MevlutCavusoglu to @OIC_OCI SecGen statements mentioning the K-word at the start and closing of the Summit, and in the #MakkahDeclaration.

Another key point in the #MakkahDeclaration of #OICMakkahSummit is the emphasis that the #PLO remains the only legitimate & recognized representative of #Palestine, to the exclusion of other groups. #OIC does not recognize militant groups.
Here are some observations, mostly positive but one or two negatives, on the extempore speech by PM #ImranKhan at #OICMakkahSummit. This #thread was written by commentator/journalist #AhmedQuraishi @AQpk

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