Jakarta, MINA – The Working Group of Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for Peace and Dialogue held its first meeting in Jakarta on 29-30 July 2019.
The meeting succeeded in drafting a Joint Action Plan for Peace and Dialogue which was attended by 15 representatives of OIC countries at the level of senior officials and Permanent Representatives.
The Deputy Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, A. M. Fachir, when opening the event stressed the importance of unity and joint efforts of the OIC countries to promote peace and dialogue to create a better world condition.
“There is no room for differences in understanding Islamophobia and acts of discrimination against fellow Muslims,” the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs said in his opening remarks, according to a press release from Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, July 31.
The Deputy Foreign Minister encouraged the OIC Working Group to prepare the basics of the joint action plan to have a joint strategy in dealing with disputes between religious groups.
He also stressed that the OIC must always be a part of the solution to the problems that emerge in the world today while asking the OIC countries to conduct constructive dialogue and use peaceful ways to solve problems.
Documents for action plans for peace and subsequent dialogue will be brought to the OIC Ministerial Meeting in September 2019 in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The next meeting in New York is expected to ratify the action plan document.
The OIC Deputy Secretary-General for Political Relations, Yousef M. AlDobeay, who chaired the meeting, expressed his appreciation for Indonesia’s leading role in encouraging the creation of the OIC Working Group on Peace and Dialogue and hosted the first meeting of the working group.
The action plan document includes, among other things, the aims and forms of activities that can be carried out by OIC member countries to promote peace and dialogue in the form of education, seminars, joint studies, and cooperation plans with a number of UN Agencies and regional organizations.
The OIC working group meeting for Peace and Dialogue is a mandate from the results of 46th OIC Foreign Minister’s meeting which took place in Abu Dhabi last March. (T/Sj/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)