Sierra Leone’s top diplomat in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today, Wednesday, 18th June, 2014 participated in the 41st Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states.
Ambassador Mohamed Sillah Kargbo represented Dr. Samura M. Kamara, Sierra Leone’s Foreign and International Cooperation Minister in the two-day event held at the Conference Palace in Saudi Arabia’s second largest city of Jeddah under the theme “Exploring Areas of Islamic Cooperation”.
Some of the attendees include, the President of the State of Palestine, H.E Mahmoud Abbas, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Current Session, His Royal Highness, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the OIC Secretary General, Dr. Iyad bin Amin Madani, among other high-profile dignitaries.
Participants discussed regional and international developments, including the Palestinian issue and they condemned the ongoing Israeli settlement operations. They also discussed the Syrian crisis and the escalating development in Iraq.
The OIC Council of Foreign Ministers meets once a year, to consider implementation of the general policy of the organisation; and, to review progress on the implementation of the decisions and resolutions adopted at the previous summits and Councils of Foreign Ministers. The decisions of the CFM are implemented by the General Secretariat of the organization.
Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the meeting, Ambassador Kargbo met with the Kazakhstan Deputy Foreign Minister, Yerzhan Ashik Bayer. Both men discussed means to boost bilateral ties between the two sister countries as well as issues of common interest.
The OIC is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations, according to the OIC website, and it currently has membership of 56 states. Sierra Leone became a member of the Saudi based organisation in 1972 under the Presidency of Dr. Siaka P. Stevens.
The Ambassador is accompanied by the Embassy’s Head of Chancery, Umaru S. Dura, Confidential Secretary, Yealie B. Sesay and the Press Attaché.