Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), headquartered in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represents 57 Member States working towards promoting issues of importance for the Muslim world. The OIC also promotes international peace and harmony through mediation.
His Excellency Hissein Brahim Taha is the current Secretary-General of OIC.
The Maldives became a member of the OIC in 1976, and since then, has participated in the Islamic Summits and annual Council of Foreign Ministers Meetings. The Maldives has also actively engaged in the specialized institutions and intergovernmental organizations of the OIC, including the Women Development Organization.
In the OIC, the Maldives consistently calls for unity in addressing challenges facing the Islamic world. Two issues the Maldives are most actively involved in are:
- Palestine: In the OIC, the Maldives constantly advocates for the inalienable right to Statehood of the Palestinian people, through an internationally recognised two-state solution, with a sovereign and independent State of Palestine, based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its Capital.
- Rohingya Muslims: The Maldives also continues to support the ongoing efforts to secure accountability for the perpetrators of genocide against the Rohingya people. The Gambia was mandated by the Final Communique of the 14th Islamic Summit held in Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to launch a case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on behalf of the OIC to hold accountable the perpetrators of crimes and human rights violations against the Rohingya people. The Maldives has since filed a declaration of intervention in the case in support of The Gambia.