The Union of Councils of OIC Member States commended the excellence of the State of Qatar in organizing the “FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022”, its positive repercussions on the spread of tolerant Islamic values and its prominence of high civilization of the Islamic Ummah that has existed for fifteen centuries.
In the final communiqué of the 17th session of the Union Conference, held at the end of last month under the slogan "The Islamic world and the challenges of modernization and development", the Union congratulated the State of Qatar on its outstanding success in organizing an extraordinary tournament in the Arab and Muslim countries.
In their statement, the parliamentarians reiterated their firm position on the Palestinian cause and the protection of Jerusalem, reaffirming their support for the Palestinian people's pursuit of their legitimate rights and the right to self-determination and return to their territories, stressing that those rights were inalienable.
The statement called on the international community, in particular the United Nations Security Council, to shoulder its full responsibilities and act urgently to ensure the necessary protection of Palestinian civilians, the safeguarding of their fundamental rights and freedoms and the protection of their sacred places in accordance with international law and the Charter of the United Nations.
The statement also condemned, in the strongest terms, the planned burning of the Holy Quran in Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden as a heinous crime and a blatant attack on Muslims' holiest sanctities and feelings under the title of freedom of expression.
The parliamentarians deplored these barbaric practices, which are contrary to all humanitarian and moral values and principles, and called on OIC to take the necessary measures to respond to these provocations and make recommendations.
The Shura Council had participated in the work of the 17th session of the Conference of the Union of Councils of OIC Member States and the related meetings that lasted five days in Algeria.
The Council's delegation was chaired by H.E. Dr. Hamda bint Hassan Al-Sulaiti, Deputy Speaker of the Council. The delegation included His Excellency Mr. Mubarak bin Mohammed Al-Kuwari, His Excellency Mr. Abdullah bin Jaber Al-Labdah, His Excellency Mr. Amir bin Abdullah Alnaemi, members of the Shura Council, and Mr. Yasser Saud Al-Musallam, acting as Assistant Secretary-General for Legislative Affairs, Sessions and Committees in the Shura Council.
The conference sought to unite the efforts of the Islamic world to strengthen its standing internationally under geopolitical and economic conditions predominantly unstable. During the meeting, presidents and parliamentarians from more than 30 Islamic countries discussed issues such as the Palestinian case, fight against terrorism and achieving common development.