President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has arrived back in the Maldives this morning following the conclusion of the 14th High-Level Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on the 31st of May. The OIC summit, held every three years, gathers together the leaders of Muslim-Majority countries so that they can offer their perspectives, grievances, and solutions as it pertains to the issues confronted by Muslims the world over.

During this year’s summit, Muslim leaders expounded on the need to confront twin menaces of Islamophobia and religious extremism. They also deliberated on the best path to resolve the geopolitical issues in the Middle Eastern region, amicably and in good faith, and further discussed the myriad contemporary issues faced by Muslims everywhere.

In the President’s submitted statement to the OIC, His Excellency highlighted that the Maldives places a high priority on resolving the global challenges facing Muslims, and re-iterated the Maldives’ consistent support for Muslim causes, among which our support for the Palestinian right to their own homeland features prominently.

As the Muslim World prepares for the upcoming Eid-Al Fit celebrations, marking the end of the holy month Ramadan, President Solih enjoins Muslim leaders and adherents of this great faith to pray to Almighty Allah (SWT) for the future peace, success, and well-being of the Islamic Ummah.