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STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON THE PARTICIPATION OF THE MOROCCAN ORGANISATIONS AT THE KUALA LUMPUR (KL) SUMMIT 2019
I had a telephone conversation with His Excellency Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Africans Living Abroad of the Kingdom of Morocco earlier this morning concerning the participation of two Moroccan organisations, namely, Attawhid wa Al Islah and Al Adl wa Al Ihsan, at the recent Kuala Lumpur (KL) Summit 2019. I clarified to him that the KL Summit 2019 was a Malaysian Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)-led initiative, and all the invitations to Muslim scholars and representatives of private sectors and civil societies, as well as their respective meeting with the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia and other Malaysian leaders were undertaken by the NGO concerned.
I also conveyed to him that the KL Summit 2019 was convened with the aim to provide an international platform for dialogue, convening Muslim leaders, scholars, private sectors and civil society to find action-driven solutions to the problems faced by the Ummah and strive to improve the state of affairs among Muslim countries.
The participation of any individual or organisation does not in any way infer recognition by the Government of Malaysia. Their participation was limited only to their input on issues pertaining to the seven topics discussed at the KL Summit 2019.
I also reaffirmed that Malaysia continues to uphold its long-standing policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of states and mutual respect in its relations with other sovereign countries.
DATO’ SAIFUDDIN ABDULLAH
PUTRAJAYA 28 December 2019