Malaysian Prime Minister Calls for Emergency OIC Meeting on Palestine With Russia, China
© AFP 2023 OMAR EL-QATTAAPalestinians stand on the rubble of a levelled building as smoke and fire rise from the destruction following an Israeli strike in Gaza City on October 26, 2023.
© AFP 2023 OMAR EL-QATTAA
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said his country would reach out to Turkey and Saudi Arabia about convening an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states regarding Palestine, with the participation of Russia, Brazil and China.
"This meeting should also involve such countries as Brazil, Russia and China that have expressed firm opposition to Israeli atrocities," Anwar wrote on social media on Tuesday night.
The prime minister added that he had instructed Malaysian Foreign Minister Zambry Abdul Kadir to contact Ankara and Riyadh on the matter.
Earlier that day, Anwar expressed Malaysia's support for a proposal by Turkey and Saudi Arabia to call an OIC meeting on Palestine. Turkish Ambassador to Malaysia Emir Salim Yuksel said that his country had established close cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation on the Palestinian issue, including coordination on humanitarian aid to Gaza.
On October 7, Hamas launched a surprise large-scale rocket attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip and breached the border, killing and abducting people in neighboring Israeli communities. Israel launched retaliatory strikes and ordered a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, home to more than 2 million people, cutting off supplies of water, food, and fuel.
On October 27, Israel launched a large-scale ground incursion inside the Gaza Strip to eliminate Hamas fighters and rescue the hostages. The escalation of the conflict has resulted in the deaths of around 1,400 people in Israel and over 8,500 in the Gaza Strip.