ANKARA: Turkish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday expressed “strong support” to Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) mediation activities for peaceful resolution of conflicts.
“Turkey attaches importance to the peaceful resolution of conflicts and mediation,” the ministry said in a written statement after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu chaired the first meeting of the OIC Contact Group of Friends of Mediation on the margins of the 73rd Session of the UNGA in New York.
The meeting was called in upon the initiative of Turkey.
The ministry also noted, “The Group was established within the framework of the Resolution entitled ‘Strengthening the Mediation Capacity of the OIC,’ which was proposed by Turkey and adopted in May 2018.”
Turkey undertakes leading roles both at the international and regional levels. Within this scope, as the Chair of the Summit and the Executive Committee of the OIC, Turkey contributes to the capacity building efforts of the OIC on mediation, the statement added.
It further asserted Turkey’s support to OIC’s activities in the mentioned field and said “Spearheading mediation-related activities at the UN, OSCE and now the OIC, Turkey will maintain its strong support to strengthening the capacity of the OIC in this field, in cooperation with the OIC General Secretariat and member states.”