Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi. File photo
GENEVA: Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations, UN, and Other International Organisations in Geneva, received the UAE’s presidency of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, from Ambassador Shamimi Ahsan, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh, during a meeting that was held on Wednesday at the OIC’s headquarters in Geneva.
In his speech, Al Zaabi thanked the Permanent Observing Committee of the OIC at the UN for its valuable work and significant efforts to coordinate the activities of the organisation’s member countries, and expressed his gratitude to Ahsan for his openness and cooperation during his presidency. He also thanked the OIC’s coordinators for supporting the organisation’s principles.
Al Zaabi stressed that the UAE, as the hosting country of this year’s 46th session of the OIC Ministers of Foreign Affairs Council, is always open to cooperation and aims to facilitate the work of the OIC and support its stances while noting that coordination and joint action are crucial to the success of the OIC’s work in Geneva.
The 2nd Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Festival, held under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance, will be a four-day celebration of Islam and a platform for Muslim countries from around the world to strengthen collaboration and form new, lasting bonds, say event organisers, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
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