OIC Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs Dr. Ahmad Kawesa Sengendo
Jeddah (UNA-OIC) – Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Hissein Brahim Taha reaffirmed the values of the policy of neutrality and its contribution to peaceful and friendly relations between nations.
This came in his address, delivered on his behalf by Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs Dr. Ahmad Kawesa Sengendo, to the International Conference on “Peace and Trust Policy-Basis of International Security, Stability and Development” kicked off in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
The Secretary-General extended warm felicitations to Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, as well as to his government and the people of Turkmenistan, who are celebrating this year the country’s 30th national independence. He underlined that Turkmenistan is an active member of the OIC and is attached to the ideals of the Organization.
The Secretary-General stated that the OIC pays tribute to Turkmenistan’s initiative to strengthen the international system towards fostering peaceful and trustful coexistence among the peoples of the world, which led to the successful adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution proclaiming 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust.
He went on to say that Turkmenistan’s policy of neutrality for mutual respect, mutual benefit and advocacy for resolving international issues through peace and dialogue are dear to the objectives and principles enshrined in the OIC Charter. Similarly, Turkmenistan’s vision for sustainable development based on equality, mutual advantage and global cooperation are within the same objectives of the OIC-2025: Program of Action.
The Secretary-General recalled that the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, in its meeting last year at its 47th Session in Niamey, Niger, recognizing the values of the policy of neutrality and its contribution to peaceful and friendly relations between nations, cooperation and sustainable development, adopted a resolution on the subject. In the resolution entitled, “The role of a policy of neutrality in maintaining and strengthening international peace, security and sustainable development in the OIC area and globally”, the Council of Foreign Ministers emphasized the need to build capacity for effective use of the principles of neutrality in resolving international issues.
Taha underlined that the OIC endeavors, more than ever before, to strengthen multilateralism and diplomacy, increasing efforts towards creating inclusive societies and attaining sustainable peace, security, stability, and development. He added that the Organization has always emphasized the need to embrace diversity, promote tolerance and peaceful coexistence as reflected in various OIC’s resolutions and decisions at the level of Heads of State and Ministerial meetings.
He added that the OIC has always believed that challenges like xenophobia, Islamophobia, racism and hate speech must be tackled through dialogue, tolerance and promotion of multilateralism and a culture of mutual coexistence.
He emphasized that the OIC supports all international and regional efforts aimed at preventing violent extremism and combating international terrorism for securing global peace and security. It has consistently drawn the attention of Member States and the international community to the urgent need to address the root causes and underlying factors of violent extremism and terrorism if sustainable development is to be achieved.
In this regard, Taha mentioned that the Voice of Wisdom Center of the OIC is its intellectual arm in its battle against extremism and terrorism and uses an innovative strategy through social media conveying daily positive messages on topics of concern to the general public.
The Secretary-General stressed that as the world is rife with conflicts and instability, the international community must stand together to strengthen multilateralism.