Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah is set to host the extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Executive Committee on Wednesday.
The meeting will discuss the military escalation in Gaza and its surroundings, as well as the deteriorating conditions in the region, which pose threats to civilians, regional security, and stability.
Invitations have been extended to all 57 member countries of OIC, a reliable source informed Asharq Al-Awsat.
The majority of member countries have confirmed the attendance of their foreign ministers.
The meeting is significant, particularly after Saudi Arabia, currently presiding over the Executive Committee of the OIC, decided to make the meeting open to all member states.
This inclusivity extends beyond the members of the Executive Committee, which consists of six countries.
The decision broadens the scope of the Islamic meeting concerning the developments in Gaza, with a keen interest in the expected outcomes that could address the Israeli military escalation against Palestinians.
The meeting is primarily focused on bringing together member states, and invitations have not been extended to international organizations, according to the source.
Experts anticipate that the meeting will result in a communique in support of the Palestinian cause and the right to self-determination, while safeguarding the civilian population from airstrikes.
Additionally, it is expected to address the support mechanism and the reconstruction of Gaza.
Experts also emphasize that the Jeddah meeting will carry significant weight both regionally and internationally, given that Saudi Arabia has extended the invitation and will host the event.
The meeting is part of the Kingdom’s efforts to halt the escalation in Gaza and prevent its spillover into the region.
These efforts involve engaging with all international and regional parties while continuing to stand by the Palestinian people, supporting their legitimate rights, aspirations, and the pursuit of a just and lasting peace.