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OIC delegation concludes visit to Mali
08 : 07 PM - 13/03/2018
Jeddah, Mar. 13 (BNA): A joint delegation to Mali, dispatched by the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef Al Othaimeen, concluded a week-long mission to assess the political situation prevailing on the ground as well as the socioeconomic, humanitarian and developmental challenges facing the country, which has been coping with multifaceted problems since 2012 after attacks by armed groups.

The joint delegation included representatives from the OIC General Secretariat, the Islamic Solidarity Fund (ISF) and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). Members of the OIC joint delegation met with Malian state officials and were also received by the Malian Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and National Solidarity who called on the OIC and its Member States to extend an urgent humanitarian assistance to his country given the serious challenges it has been dealing with, namely the backlog of IDPs and refugees who have to be resettled to bring back normalcy to their lives.

Meetings were also held with the representatives of international organizations operating in Mali such as the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the African Union Mission for Mali and the Sahel (MISAHEL) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The mission is in fulfillment of the request made by the OIC International Contact Group on Mali during its meeting held last September on the sidelines of the OIC Annual Coordination Meeting of the foreign ministers convened in New York.


BNA 1623 GMT 2018/03/13

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