Trans-sectional, cultural harmony tops OIC agenda: Madani
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN—At the networking session on promoting multicultural perspectives to prevent violent extremism held on the sidelines of the 7th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, stressed that the formulation of a new paradigm for inter-religious, inter-sectarian tolerance for promotion of understanding and moderation through dialogue and said it remains high on the OIC agenda.
“Building bridges and encouraging consultations among the followers of different schools of thought to promote mutual respect and recognition is essential to prevent the growing dissension in the Muslim societies,” stated the OIC Secretary General in his message to the session, which was delivered on his behalf by the Director General of the Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture, Dr. Halit Eren.
He stated that the rise of violent extremism, radicalization, sectarianism and terrorism figure high among the factors threatening international and regional peace, security and stability. “These evils have afflicted humanity for centuries but assumed global dimension only after the 9/11 tragedy.
Today it transcends all boundaries, deeply impacting the political, economic and security environment of all societies,” he said at the Session, which was organized by IRCICA, a subsidiary organ of the OIC.
The Secretary General reminded that the OIC has consistently been at the forefront of fight against extremism and terrorism and was among the first to formulate its principled position and issued a Code of Conduct on Combating International Terrorism.—Email