Manama, MINA – The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) took part in the 16th meeting of the Consultative Council for Cultural Development in the Islamic World, held on September 24-25 in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.
The meeting was convened as part of the preparations for the Extraordinary Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers due to be held in the Kingdom of Bahrain on November 28-29 to celebrate Al-Muharraq as the capital of Islamic culture for the year 2018 for the Arab region.
OIC Director General for Cultural and Social Affairs Mehla Ahmed Talebna addressed the opening session and spoke of the role of the OIC in promoting joint Islamic cultural action and the special attention it attaches to the cultural strategy of the Islamic world.
Mehla expressed the need for greater balance between the physical and intangible components of the preservation of heritage, and called for more cultural activities on the ground.
The meeting discussed two documents as a prelude to their adoption by the Extraordinary Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers.
These documents are: the project of strengthening Islamic and international support for the preservation of the cultural and civilizational heritage in Al-Quds Al-Sharif, and the Manamah Path project to energize joint Islamic cultural action with a view to countering extremism, sectarianism, and terrorism.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Council member states and the representative of Standing Committee the OIC Permanent Committee for Information and Cultural Affairs. (R/R04/RS5)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)