STATEMENT BY DATO’ SRI ANIFAH AMAN, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA AT THE OPEN-ENDED EXTRAORDINARY MEETING OF THE OIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, 1 AUGUST 2017, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
His Excellency Mevlut Cavusoglu
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey;
His Excellency Dr. Yousef Ahmed Al-Othaimeen
Secretary-General of the OIC;
Excellencies, Fellow Muslim brothers and sisters;
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
At the outset, I would like to express my appreciation to you, Mr. Chairman, for convening this Extraordinary Meeting to discuss the disturbing developments in Al-Quds Al-Sharif and in particular, the violations by Israel against the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the violence against the Palestinian people.
2. Malaysia condemns, in the strongest terms, the recent closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on 14 July 2017 by Israeli authorities. Israel’s provocative action constitutes a flagrant violation of the sanctity of Islamic Holy Sites. Such action is also a serious violation of the rights of Muslims’ to worship in peace, free from violence, threats and provocations. The freedom to worship is a right guaranteed under international law. We must oppose any violation of such rights.
3. In this regard, we reiterate our call for Israel to provide unhindered access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We reaffirm that the sanctity of religious sites must be respected and preserved. We also urge Israel to halt all activities that can have the effect of altering the status quo and character of the Islamic holy sites.
4. The recent clashes between the Israeli security forces and Palestinians on 21 July 2017 in the West Bank had resulted in many casualties. If left unaddressed, the violence will bring untold suffering, deaths and destruction in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Malaysia calls on all parties to refrain from actions that could further escalate tensions and violence in East Jerusalem.
5. The developments in East Jerusalem are extremely worrying. Plans announced by Israel to increase the development of housing units to a rate of over 30 percent more than in 2016 in East Jerusalem is a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016).
6. In this regard, Malaysia urges the UN Security Council to shoulder its responsibility in implementing this historic resolution. To allow the resolution to remain unimplemented would mean failure to reverse the negative trend which is threatening the two-state solution. Malaysia firmly believes that the two-state solution remains the most viable solution for both sides.
8. Malaysia also commends and supports the efforts of His Majesty King Abdullah The Second ibni Al-Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Custodian of the Holy Sites of Jerusalem, to restore calm in the holy city.
9. There are 1.6 billion Muslims around the world. As humans, we cannot avoid misunderstandings. The Muslim Ummah must be able to solve its own problems, before it can confront a bigger challenge. We must not lose sight of the bigger picture that is the importance of unity of the Muslim Ummah.
10. In conclusion, Malaysia would like to reaffirm our resolute support to seek a just, comprehensive and durable solution to the realization of the two-state solution with an independent State of Palestine, based on the pre-1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia