Liberia has applied for membership to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
According to a dispatch from Riyadh, Liberia’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Brahima D. Kaba, presented Liberia’s application when he met with the Secretary General of the OIC, Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani recently.
During the meeting, Mr. Madani informed Ambassador Kaba that Liberia’s application is being positively considered at the highest level, stressing that authorities concerned are working assiduously towards the actualization of the country’s membership.
Dr. Kaba also used the opportunity to convey greetings of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the OIC through its Secretary General, Mr. Madani.
The OIC is a sociopolitical organization whose membership is drawn largely from Muslim and non-Muslim countries who share common interests in furthering understanding and peaceful dialogue among all nations.
Current membership of the OIC comprises 13 of the 15 ECOWAS countries, in addition to all of North Africa and several central and southern African countries.
One of the major benefits of the OIC membership is that it gives direct access to the large pool of financial resources and facilities of the Islamic Development Bank, another important Saudi institution which operates mainly in the areas of economic and financial assistance to member countries.
Meanwhile, the next meeting of the OIC is scheduled to take place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in June 2017, at which time Liberia’s application and membership are expected to be finalized.
In another development, the Embassy of Liberia near Riyadh has received its newly commissioned Minister Counselor Mr. Abu Kamara, who was recently transferred from Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.
During a reception held at Ambassador Kaba’s residence, and in the presence of staff and representatives of the Liberian community there, Dr. Kaba welcomed the new Deputy Chief of Mission and used the occasion to urge staff members to work as a team in the best interest of the Liberian Foreign Service.
Ambassador Kaba indicated that Mr. Kamara’s assignment is a testimony of the government’s commitment to strengthening the country’s Foreign Service and therefore urged the staff to work cooperatively within the confines of respecting the customs and laws of the host country.
He also stressed the need for the staff to work diligently to help promote the good image of Liberia and to enhance the already existing cordial relationship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other gulf states.
In response, the new Deputy Chief of Mission expressed thanks and appreciation to Ambassador Kaba and his staff and assured his full cooperation in the discharge of his duties.