Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Cooperation between Uzbekistan and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

The Republic of Uzbekistan was accepted to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as an observer at the Extraordinary Session of Foreign Ministers of Member-States held in New York in October 1995. Uzbekistan became a full member of the Organization on October 2, 1996.

Since 2003 Uzbekistan has been a member of the specialized agency of the OIC – the Islamic Development Bank. The Republic of Uzbekistan signed the New Charter of the OIC on December 14, 2015. In April 2016 the Charter was ratified by the Senate of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The official delegation of Uzbekistan headed by the Prime Minister took part in the 3rd Extraordinary Summit of the OIC in Mecca (December 2005). The convening of this forum was dictated by the need to develop a new strategy for the Organization, aimed at consolidating the Islamic States in the light of the evolving global geopolitical situation, as well as transformation of the OIC into an effective institution capable to withstand modern challenges and threats.

During the event, the Uzbek side made a proposal to develop a common position of the OIC Member-States in international organizations, which was supported by the majority of states of the Muslim world and was later included as a separate expanded paragraph in the relevant section of the text of the 10-year Program of the OIC.

Along with this document during the forum were adopted the Mecca Declaration and the Final Communiqué, which reflected the desire of Islamic countries to strengthen unity, develop common position with regard to new challenges and threats as well as the need to promote ideas of tolerant and enlightened Islam.

October 18-19 in 2016 in Tashkent under the slogan «Education and enlightenment - the path to peace and creation» was held the 43rd session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers. At this session, Uzbekistan officially assumed the functions of the chairman of the Foreign Ministers Council.

Delegations from 52 OIC Member States (26 at the ministerial level), 4 observer countries, 22 specialized bodies, subdivisions and affiliated structures of OIC, 4 international and regional organizations, as well as 5 special envoys of foreign countries with OIC and invited guests took part at the Tashkent session.

Participants of the event adopted 118 resolutions reflecting the agenda of the session.

Along with this, the key outcome document of the 43rd session of the OIC Council was the Tashkent Declaration, which reflected the main issues of political, trade, economic and cultural-humanitarian agenda of the OIC in a positive manner, as well as the priority directions of the country's chairmanship in this structure in 2016-2017.

During the presidency of Uzbekistan, 23 OIC events were held, which significantly enriched both the agenda and the activities of the Organization.

July 10-11, 2018 in the Abidjan city within the framework of the 44th session of the Council of Ministers, Uzbekistan officially transferred the chairmanship of Côte d'Ivoire. All those who spoke at the session highly appreciated the work of the republic in the process of chairmanship, and also emphasized its contribution to the development of Islamic cooperation.

The OIC Missions participated in the parliamentary (2009, 2014) and presidential (2007, 2015 and 2016) elections in Uzbekistan as international observers. The Secretary-Generals of the OIC Mr. Ekmeliddin Ihsanoglu and Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani visited Uzbekistan in 2007 and 2015, respectively.

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