In the presence of 23 foreign ministers, over 500 participants Sana’a hosts Muslim countries conference [Archives:2005/854/Local News]

June 27 2005

Hassan Al-Zaidi
Activities of the 32nd round of Muslim foreign ministers' conference are due to commence on Tuesday June 28, at the May 22 Hall for International Conferences and Sporting Activities. Activities of the round are to last for 3 days.

The conference will be attended by 500 participants representing 57 member countries in the Muslim Conference Organization, in addition to a number of observers, Islamic groups, international and regional organizations and the specialized institutions belonging to the Muslim Conference Organization.

Besides, there are many non-Muslim countries that are invited to the conference including Russia, Japan, Italy, Spain, Germany and Thailand.

Mr. Amr Musa Secretary General of the Arab League, Abdurrahman Attiya Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Ali al-Attas Representative of the UN Secretary General will take part in the conference.

The technical team coming from the Muslim Conference Organization's General Secretariat in Jeddah has made all the necessary arrangements and preparations for the event in cooperation with some Yemeni specialized committees.

Yemeni Foreign Minister Dr. Abu Bakr al-Qirbi mentioned in a statement published by September 26 the conference will contribute to supporting the political and economic cooperation between the Muslim countries facing the international challenges which target the Islamic culture.

The conference is due to work on clarifying the actual profile of Islam and eliminating the false accusations that link Islam with terror.

Dr. al-Qirbi said the conference is about to discuss a report prepared by a number of well-known Islamic personalities on a series of required reforms for the Muslim countries to develop and the aspects of political, economic and cultural cooperation.

For his part, Hussein Taher Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs clarified the conference will give more priority to the political issues topped by the Palestinian one and the difficult situations experienced by the armed minorities in several countries all over the World.

The conference is expected to discuss the situations in Iraq and Kashmir and some terror-related issue s and concentrate on the economic, technological and trade aspects.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not mention whether the conference will draw their attention to the Israeli nuclear armament and the pressures practiced on Iran over its nuclear file.

The Sana'a conference is expected to gain a great significance since it is scheduled to be held in the shadow of difficult situations experienced by the Muslim World including developments in the Middle East.