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Source: Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
11 January 2005


 Secretary General of the Congratulates Mr. Mahmoud Abbas On his election to the Presidency of the Palestinian Authority

    Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, sent a message to the Palestinian President Mr. Mahmoud Abbas congratulating him on the remarkable confidence invested in him by the Palestinian people who have just elected him as President of the Palestinian authority, and expressing his own satisfaction at this electoral victory.

    In his message to the Palestinian President, the Secretary General wrote: “On this occasion, I wish also to congratulate the Palestinian people on the success of this landmark democratic exercise which has showcased  the distinct competence of the Palestinian constitutional institutions that stood behind this notable success in the alternation of authority, thus providing evidence of the Palestinian people’s aptitude to enjoy their full rights, assume all their responsibilities and honour their commitments, on a par with all other peoples of the world”.

    The Secretary General expressed his heartfelt wishes of success for the President of the Palestinian Authority in his momentous tasks ahead, and reassured him that the Organization of the Islamic Conference will stand side by side with the Palestinian leadership and extend to it all forms of support to help it achieve the aspirations of the Palestinian people. The Secretary General also articulated the hope that he will have the opportunity to pay a personal visit to the Palestinian leadership in the near future.

 Jeddah : 11 January 2005

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