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The struggle for cohesion in the OIC

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Dozens of officials from Muslim countries convened on Saturday in Banjul, Gambia, for the 15th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). This summit is particularly significant as it anticipates the adoption of a resolution concerning Gaza by its conclusion on Sunday.

The participants at the summit on Saturday in Banjul © OIC

Dozens of officials from Muslim countries convened on Saturday in Banjul, Gambia, for the 15th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). This summit is particularly significant as it anticipates the adoption of a resolution concerning Gaza by its conclusion on Sunday.

The vast majority of the leaders from the 57 member countries have sent representatives, although a few African heads of state, including the President of Senegal, have attended in person. This summit arrives at a critical juncture for the Palestinian cause, marked by ongoing conflicts and military aggression.

During the opening ceremony, Hissein Brahim Taha, the Secretary-General of the OIC, highlighted the severe and unprecedented developments affecting Palestine, especially the ongoing crimes and brutal military aggression by Israeli forces. He reiterated the need for intensified efforts and solidarity towards the Palestinian cause, stating that a resolution on Palestine is expected to be passed at the summit's close.

In November 2023, the organization held a joint summit with the Arab League in Riyadh, which condemned the actions of Israeli forces in Gaza. However, it stopped short of announcing punitive economic and political measures against Israel. This meeting underscored the regional divisions over how to address the conflict, amidst fears of further escalation.

Most African countries, with the notable exception of South Africa, have maintained a balanced stance. They are focused not on blaming Israel, but rather on finding ways to achieve lasting peace in the region.

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