JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday welcomed Palestine’s assumption of the chairmanship of the G77 group of nations.
In a statement, the OIC said the move "consolidates [Palestine’s] political and legal status in the international arena and confirms its right to full UN membership”.
The OIC also voiced its support for ongoing efforts by the Palestinian leadership to exercise Palestine’s right to join international organizations and accede to international conventions.
Last October, the UN General Assembly endorsed Palestine’s bid for the G77 chairmanship, with 146 assembly members voting in favor while the U.S., Israel
Palestine currently holds non-member observer status at the UN, which allows it to vote on General Assembly draft resolutions and participate in UN organizations.