April 29, 2024

Saudi leads OIC, Arab League demand sanctions against Israel over Gaza

Saudi leads OIC, Arab League to demand sanctions against Israel over Gaza

The foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia and other Arab League as well as officials of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have demanded that sanctions be imposed on Israel.

According to Arab News, the ministers from the two organisations including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Palestine, and Qatar met in Riyadh on Sunday to discuss the Israeli war on Gaza Strip.

They emphasised the urgent need for imposing sanctions on Israel at the meeting chaired by Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan.

Also, the  meeting which comprised dignitaries from a group formed jointly by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Arab League convened to address developments in Gaza.

The ministers called for international legal mechanisms to hold Israeli officials accountable, alongside decisive action against settler terrorism. 

The officials from Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Palestine, Qatar and the OIC advocated for halting arms exports in response to Israel’s violations of international law and war crimes in Gaza and the occupied West Bank. 

It was strongly asserted during the meeting that the Gaza Strip constitutes an inseparable part of the occupied Palestinian territory, rejecting any attempts to displace the Palestinian population from their homeland or to carry out military operations within the city of Rafah.

Ministers also addressed the repression faced by peaceful demonstrators in Western nations who advocate for an end to the conflict in Gaza and condemn Israeli violations against Palestinians.

The meeting also focused on enhancing joint Arab and Islamic efforts to achieve an immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza, with a priority on safeguarding civilian lives and ensuring the consistent delivery of humanitarian aid. 

There was a commitment to persist in international endeavors aimed at recognizing an independent Palestinian state. This included the endorsement of a two-state solution, with East Jerusalem as its capital within the borders of June 4, 1967, in alignment with relevant international resolutions.