The Forty-fourth session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will start from Monday at the capital of Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan.

The theme of the session is "Youth, Peace and Development in a World of Solidarity".

The President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, will deliver the opening speech of the meeting.  He will be followed by the Secretary General of the OIC Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, who will give a speech that reflects the Organization's vision and stance on challenges and current issues facing the Islamic world.

At the opening session, the Chairmanship of the Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs will be handed over by the Republic of Uzbekistan, President of the forty-third session, to the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire.

The Foreign Ministers will discuss several issues,  most salient  of which are those relating to the Palestinian cause , the situation in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Mali, the Central African Republic and other current political issues, as well as issues of Muslim communities in non-member countries, especially Myanmar.

The Conference will discuss resolutions on combating terrorism and extremism, disarmament and combating Islamophobia as well as issues related to humanitarian, economic, media, science and technology, IT, cultural, social, family, dialogue and communication issues.

The two-day conference will be concluded by the adoption of the Abidjan Declaration.

On the sidelines of the Conference, meetings of Contact Groups on Jammu and Kashmir and on Muslims in Europe will be held.

A special brainstorming session will be held where recommendations and initiatives will be made on the theme of the 44th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers:

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