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Gargash in Damascus to participate at OIC Foreign Ministers' conference tomorrow

posted on 23/05/2009: 895 views

Damascus- Being part of the Islamic world, the UAE is keen to take part in discussion of many issues at the conference of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), which will be held here Saturday, UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs HE Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, told Emirates News Agency (WAM) yesterday in a statement at Damascus International Airport.

He added that "we are glad that Syria, which has good relations with the UAE, is hosting the conference of OIC Foreign Ministers".

On whether the OIC FMs conference is an appropriate venue for settling disputes among members, Gargash said "we have to be optimistic as we should not only look at the conference to settle the issues, but also as a venue for boosting relations".

He noted that some issues surface as differences, but there are things in the depth as bolstering of relations, adding that there will be over 10 meetings to enhance relations at the sidelines of the conference.

Commenting on the statement of OIC Secretary General Dr Akmaluddin Ihsan Oghlo, that the OIC is the best and qualified authority to settle the disputes between Iran and some Arab countries, Gargash said "our attitude over the three Islands is clear. They are UAE Islands occupied by Iran in 1971. We will not give up the UAE sovereignty over the three Islands as we will continue to call for amicable solution either through direct talks with Iran, or through international arbitration." About the importance of the conference, the UAE minister said that the world today is in blocs and there is a need for coordination in all issues, adding that he believes the OIC provides better opportunity. Gargash said that the UAE- Syrian relations are excellent as there is joint vision towards a number of issues, adding that Syria has a large active community in the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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