Dzheppar, Saudi Ambassador Discuss Ukraine's Acquisition of Observer Status in OIC
First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar on Wednesday informed Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Ukraine Mohammed bin Sulaiman Al-Mashar about Russia’s persecution of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea and discussed Ukraine’s initiative to obtain observer status in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Foreign Ministry’s press service reports.
During the meeting held on September 2, the diplomats expressed mutual interest in the successful implementation of the significant trade, economic and investment potential of the Ukrainian-Saudi Arabian cooperation.
“Dzheppar informed her Saudi colleague in detail about the systemic violations of human rights in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation. She noted the continuing repression by the Russian occupation authorities against the residents of the peninsula who disagree with the occupation, among whom the Crimean Tatars are the most persecuted, in particular, for religious reasons,” the report reads.
During the meeting, the interlocutors discussed cooperation and support for the initiatives of both countries within the framework of international organizations.
“Emine Dzheppar paid special attention to Ukraine’s initiative to obtain an observer status in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, which will give additional advantages and open up new opportunities for interaction with the states of the Islamic world, as well as contribute to the further harmonious development of the Muslim community of Ukraine,” the Foreign Ministry noted.
The parties exchanged views on interaction within the UN and other international organizations and agreed to act in a spirit of constructive cooperation on issues of mutual interest.