On Thursday, August 17, 2023, a delegation from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) visited the People’s Republic of China in response to an invitation. H.E. Mr. Deng Li, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, received the delegation, which was led by Ambassador Dya-Eddine Bamakhrama, the Permanent Representative of Djibouti to the OIC. The delegation comprised permanent delegates and representatives from 25 Member States, including the Chair of the Islamic Summit (Saudi Arabia) and the Council of Foreign Ministers (Mauritania). Officials from the General Secretariat, led by Mr. Yousef Aldobeay, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, were also part of the delegation.
During the meeting, the OIC and its Member States discussed their relations with the People’s Republic of China. Both parties shared their opinions on matters of mutual interest, including the status of the Muslim community in China.
During the delegation’s visit, they met with the Deputy Minister of the Unified Action Front Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. The meeting discussed the strategic partnership between the OIC, its Member States, and the People’s Republic of China. They focused on various fields, including health and education.
The delegation plans to visit Xinjiang to observe the living conditions of the Muslim community in the area.