Jeddah (UNA-OIC) – Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen took part on September 24 in the celebration of the OIC Golden Jubilee organized by Pakistan’s Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
The OIC has evolved into a vital platform for mutual understanding and rapprochement between Muslim people and cultures from all five continents, Al-Othaimeen underlined.
Speaking at the “OIC at 50: Strengthening Partnership and Future Prospects” webinar, the Secretary General expressed appreciation to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the CSIS for organizing the ceremony.
“The Organization will continue to advance issues of prior concern to its Member States, including the Palestinian cause, the Jammu and Kashmir conflict, the Nagorno-Karabakh disputed territory, the humanitarian crisis facing the Rohingya in Myanmar, and other such important issues,” he added.
Al-Othaimeen affirmed the OIC’s commitment to promoting Islamic long-established values of tolerance, peaceful coexistence, interfaith dialogue, alliance of civilizations and mutual understanding.
In its effort to help combat extremism, intolerance, Islamophobia and religious misconceptions, he explained that the Organization has established the Sawt al-Hikma (Voice of Wisdom) Center and the OIC Observatory on Islamophobia, to highlight the true image of Islam and to promote peace-culture values.
Al-Othaimeen also highlighted the efforts of the OIC and its institutions, such as the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), to assist the member states in their response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its repercussions.