Konya Metropolitan Municipality hosted the 15th General Conference and 33rd Board Meeting of the Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities (OICC), which has 187 members from 57 Islamic countries, on 13-15 May 2024.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the OICC General Conference, OICC 14th General Conference President Aziz Lomaini, Deputy Mayor of Rabat, Morocco, expressed his wishes that the conference would produce good results and especially contribute to the development of Islamic capitals and cities. Emphasizing that Konya is a beautiful and clean city, Lomaini thanked Konya Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Uğur İbrahim Altay for his hospitality.

Konya Metropolitan Municipality Mayor and OICC 15th General Conference President Uğur İbrahim Altay wished that the conference would carry the cities to a much better future and open the door to a more livable world where the climate of peace and brotherhood prevails. Emphasizing that Konya is not just a city, but also a cradle of civilization, a cultural mosaic and a center of tolerance, Mayor Altay stated that every street of the city bears the traces of thousands of years of history and culture.

President Altay emphasized that Konya, one of the most important cities of local diplomacy, supports Turkey’s public diplomacy with its 72 sister cities around the world and the international unions of which it is a member, and introduces the unique heritage of the Turkish-Islamic civilization to the whole world. Drawing attention once again to the Israeli oppression in Palestine in his speech, Mayor Altay said, “To alleviate the wars, pain, blood and tears that prevail in many parts of our geography, especially in Palestine today; This is only possible by redesigning our unity and solidarity. Under the umbrella of the World Union of Municipalities and the Union of Turkish World Municipalities, of which I am the president, we continue to make our voices heard to the world to alleviate the pain experienced in our geography.

Konya Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Uğur İbrahim Altay also held bilateral contacts with municipal administrators from Islamic countries within the scope of the OICC 15th General Conference. Among them were, Palestinian Hebron Mayor Tayseer Abu Sneineh, Palestinian Ramallah Mayor Issa Kassis, Libya Tripoli Mayor Riad Yamak, Pakistan Islamabad Municipality Representative Kamran Lashari, Jordan Es-Salt Municipality Mayor Muhammed Abdulkareem Alhyari, TRNC Tatlısu Mayor A. Hayri Orçan. Mayor Altay, who met with them, stated that he was very happy to host them in Konya.