17 Muslim countries to join OIC bid in resolving internal conflicts
Jeddah (IINA) – Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen has announced that 17 countries representing all geographical regions of OIC have expressed their willingness to join OIC Contact Group on Peace and Conflict Resolution (PCR).
The OIC chief stressed this in a speech, delivered on his behalf by OIC’s Director General of Political Affairs Department Ambassador Tariq Bakheit, during the first meeting of experts on OIC Contact Group on Peace and Conflict Resolution held at the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah on Monday.
In a press release, seen by the International Islamic News Agency (IINA), Al-Othaimeen noted that the number is unprecedentedly big for a contact group, and it shows the readiness of OIC member countries to unite their efforts to serve the stability and security of the whole region rather than certain countries.
We expect that the Contact group will contribute towards the solution of internal conflicts in the member states and conflicts which could arise between OIC member states, with the consent of the concerned parties and with putting values of Islamic solidarity forward, said Al-Othaimeen.
Emphasis should be made on peaceful political approaches along with various principles of international relations in promoting peace. We need to be careful and totally avoid the use of violence and military approach, he added.
The OIC Contact Group is tasked with the responsibility of building frameworks and strategies for collaboration in finding best solutions for various challenges faced by the Islamic World. It will work on emerging issues, which include radicalism, extremism, sectarianism, terrorism and challenges of peace with the consent of concerned member states; as well as Intra and interstate conflict resolution in the Islamic World.
The Republic of Indonesia proposed the establishment of the Contact Group during the 42nd Session of Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) in Kuwait in 2015 and was later supported by the 13th OIC Summit held in Istanbul in April 2016 and 43rd Session of CFM in Tashkent.
Source: International Islamic News Agency