OIC SG in Iraq
Jeddah—A source confirmed that the 13th session of the Islamic Summit Conference to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 10 – 15 April 2016 will consider the 2016 Plan of Action drawn up by the OIC to resolve the issue of Myanmar in a constructive manner in order to improve the situation of Muslims in that country. The Islamic Summit, according to the source, will also discuss boosting efforts to end the ongoing discrimination against the Rohingya Muslim community in Rakhine State of Myanmar and to support the endeavours of the special envoy of the OIC Secretary General. The Summit will also urge the new Government of Myanmar to launch an all inclusive reconciliation process involving all the constituents of the Rohingya community, including those who have lost their citizenship, all internally displaced persons, refugees, and others who have obtained no papers either in Myanmar or elsewhere.
It also stated that appeal will be made to Member States with political, diplomatic and economic ties with the Government of Myanmar to leverage those relations to halt discrimination and violence against Rohingya Muslims. The source went further to state that the OIC is determined to continue to work with the international community to arrive at a lasting and strong resolution of the humanitarian crisis of the Rohingya Muslims and indeed to restore their status and inalienable right to dignity, religious freedom, full citizenship and equal opportunities.
SG in Iraq
Meanwhile Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, held talks with senior Iraqi officials in Baghdad during his official visit to Iraq, 26-27 March 2016. The talks focused on the OIC’s support for Iraq’s security, stability and territorial integrity; and reaffirming OIC’s stand with Iraq as it faces up to all forms of terrorism.
Madani’s visit to Baghdad was also part of OIC’s continuous effort to convene an Iraqi national unity convention. The OIC played host to such a convention in 2006 in Makkah, dubbed “Makkah I”.
The Secretary General held meetings with Dr. Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the Iraqi Foreign Minister who conveyed Iraq’s support for holding such national unity convention to be called “Makkah II”.—Email