TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN: Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, will host the 43rd session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation's Council of Foreign Ministers from tomorrow, Oct. 18 to 19.

The OIC's director general of political affairs, Tariq Ali Bakhiet, indicated that Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah will preside over the inaugural session and welcome the interim president of Uzbekistan, Shavket Mirziyoyev.

Mirziyoyev will then deliver a statement followed by OIC Secretary-General Iyad Madani, who will present in his statement the OIC’s views of the challenges ahead in terms of political, security, economic, cultural and social developments as well as humanitarian work.

According to the program, this will be followed by the handing over of the council’s chairmanship to the foreign minister of Uzbekistan, Abdul Aziz Kamilov, who will also deliver a statement on the occasion.

The inaugural session will also witness a debate on the theme of the session: "Education and Enlightenment: the Path to Peace and Creativity." The OIC Center for Dialogue, Peace and Understanding will be officially launched at the inaugural session in a special ceremony.

Bakhiet pointed out that key among the resolutions to be considered by the council are those relating to the Palestine issue, the situation in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic, in addition to the issues of Muslim communities in non-OIC states, particularly in Myanmar.

The meeting will also examine important resolutions about combating terrorism, radicalism, disarmament and countering Islamophobia.