Kuwait urges re­sponse to ter­ror by man­i­fest­ing Is­lamic her­itage

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JEDDAH: Kuwait said yes­ter­day it is im­per­a­tive to con­front ter­ror­ism by pro­mot­ing Is­lamic cul­tural her­itage in or­der to de­bunk stereo­types about the re­li­gion of Is­lam. The re­mark was made by As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary of Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion for the Sec­tor of Press, Pub­li­ca­tion and Print­ing Khaled Al-Rashedi in a speech he de­liv­ered on be­half of the Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion dur­ing the Is­lamic Con­fer­ence of Min­is­ters of In­for­ma­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (OIC) mem­ber states. He ex­pressed be­lief that re­sponse to ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism should pro­ceed from pro­mot­ing Is­lamic cul­tural her­itage and cor­rect­ing stereo­types of Is­lam as well as es­tab­lish­ing the con­cepts of amity, tol­er­ance and fra­ter­nity.

He also called for ce­ment­ing co­op­er­a­tion among the OIC mem­ber states through a sin­gle me­dia and cul­tural dis­course based on de­cry­ing sec­tar­i­an­ism and in­tol­er­ance but pro­mot­ing to­geth­er­ness and tol­er­ance.

They are fur­ther re­quired to boost cul­tural ex­change and in­te­gra­tion among their me­dia and cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions as a spring­board for de­fend­ing the Mus­lim nation’s is­sues and rights, mainly Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. In this con­text, the Kuwaiti of­fi­cial em­pha­sized that it is nec­es­sary to at­tach more at­ten­tion to the African con­ti­nent which con­sti­tutes a con­sid­er­ably weighty Is­lamic depth for Arab and Is­lamic is­sues. Kuwait has taken tan­gi­ble steps in this re­gard by host­ing an Arab-African sum­mit in 2013 and pro­vid­ing $1 bil­lion in grants and con­ces­sion­ary de­vel­op­ment loans val­ued at $5 bil­lion to de­vel­op­ment projects in Africa, he boasted.

Rashedi pointed to a $1 mil­lion an­nual award in the name of the late Dr Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Su­mait for de­vel­op­ment and in­tel­lec­tual re­search in the African con­ti­nent. Fur­ther­more, there should be some sort of co­op­er­a­tion and co­or­di­na­tion be­tween me­dia and diplo­matic chan­nels with a view to back­ing the OIC’s in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal me­dia ori­en­ta­tions and pro­grams, he urged.

Kuwait at­taches much sig­nif­i­cance to the ques­tion of push­ing for­ward the cul­ture of peace and en­cour­ag­ing di­a­logue among re­li­gions, civ­i­liza­tions and cul­tures, par­tic­u­larly as waves of ex­trem­ism, in­tol­er­ance and ter­ror­ism are re­mark­ably grow­ing, he added.

All the news agen­cies of the OIC mem­ber states are re­quired to work to­gether in earnest in or­der to play a more ef­fec­tive part in man­i­fest­ing the real im­age of the tol­er­ant re­li­gion of Is­lam, he noted. The Is­lamic Con­fer­ence of Min­is­ters of In­for­ma­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (OIC) mem­ber states started its 11th ses­sion in the Saudi city of Jeddah ear­lier yes­ter­day un­der the ti­tle ‘Re­newed Me­dia Role in Coun­ter­ing Ter­ror­ism and Is­lam­o­pho­bia’. It is chaired by Saudi Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and In­for­ma­tion Dr Adel bin Zaid Al­toraifi and mainly at­tended by OIC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Dr Yusuf bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen and OIC Min­is­ters of In­for­ma­tion.

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