Jeddah Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen stressed that the OIC seeks to intensify cooperation with the international community to develop a comprehensive approach to address the threat of violent extremism and terrorism, taking into account security, economic, cultural and social dimensions.
He also emphasized the OIC's keenness to work to counter false and malicious ideas about Islam through its initiatives to monitor and address Islamophobia through the Islamophobia Observatory at the General Secretariat and the Media Strategy to combat this phenomenon.
He made the remarks in an address at the General Secretariat headquarters here on Sunday, to the meeting of senior officials preparatory to the 45th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on May 5-6.
Al-Othaimeen said the OIC is making vigorous efforts to consolidate the values of dialogue, communication, coexistence and maximizing humanitarian communalities, citing his recent meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican and Pope Tawadros II, the Coptic Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark.
The secretary general expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation to the government of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for the provision of services to facilitate the delegations' visits to attend the meetings and participate in the activities and programs of the Organization.
Al-Othaimeen shed light on OIC's efforts toward the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem, in light of the continued escalation of colonial settlement and attacks on the holy places. He also underscored the Organization's keenness to find a solution to the issues of the Rohingya Muslims and the Muslim minorities in the Philippines, Thailand, Central Africa, Sri Lanka and Europe.
The OIC chief further highlighted the efforts being exerted by the Organization to address the issues in some member states, especially in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Mali, Somalia and Afghanistan, in addition to Kashmir and the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
The three-day preparatory meeting of senior officials will discuss the question of Palestine; Arab-Israeli conflict; combating international terrorism, Islamophobia and defamation of religions; the status of Muslim communities and societies in non-member states; and the Ten-Year Program of Action (OIC 2025) as well as the humanitarian and media affairs.
The meeting is scheduled to come to an end with the adoption of the report and draft resolutions, in preparation for submission to the Council of Foreign Ministers in Dhaka.
Source: International Islamic News Agency