President Solih departs to attend 14th OIC summit

President Solih departs to attend 14th OIC summit

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Wednesday departed on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, to attend the 14th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The summit is set to be held in Mecca on May 31, 2019.

Heads of states and governments of Muslim majority countries will gather to discuss pressing issues confronting the global Muslim community, such as the prevalence of Islamophobia, regional peace in the Middle East and various issues and difficulties facing Muslims worldwide.

Currently comprising of 57 member countries and representing over a billion people across the globe, OIC has aspired to speak as the collective voice of the Islamic Ummah since its inception in 1969.

Summits are held triennially in accordance with the OIC charter.

As the gathering is held in Saudi Arabia, it grants Maldivian delegation the opportunity to positively engage with Saudi Arabia on bilateral relations and development cooperation.

Whilst in Mecca, President Solih will also perform Umrah rites prior to returning to the Maldives.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid is currently in Saudi Arabia to attend the summit.