France briefs OIC team on ME peace ini­tia­tive

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

PARIS—An OIC del­e­ga­tion led by Am­bas­sador Tarig Bakhiet, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs met their coun­ter­parts at the Quay d’Or­say in Paris, France led by Am­bas­sador JeanChristophe Peau­celle, Ad­viser in the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs on Tues­day.

The bi­lat­eral con­sul­ta­tions were held as a con­tin­u­a­tion of the reg­u­lar an­nual po­lit­i­cal ex­changes be­tween the OIC and France, which started in 2012 with the ap­point­ment of the Special En­voy of France to the OIC. The OIC del­e­ga­tion re­ceived briefing on the new French ini­tia­tive on the Pales­tine-Is­rael peace process and had a fruit­ful in­ter­ac­tion with the French Special En­voy for the peace ini­tia­tive Am­bas­sador Pierre Vi­mont.

The OIC side con­firmed its readi­ness to pro­vide all sup­port re­quired to the ini­tia­tive as en­dorsed by the 13th OIC Sum­mit held in Is­tan­bul last month.

Be­sides the Pales­tine is­sue, the dis­cus­sions be­tween the two del­e­ga­tions cen­tered around po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion in ar­eas of com­mon in­ter­est in the Mid­dle East, Africa and Asia re­gions, as well as gen­eral Hu­man Rights ques­tions in­clud­ing women rights, Hu­man Rights Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion 16/18 and Is­tan­bul Process, and countering and pre­vent­ing ter­ror­ism and vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism.

The dis­cus­sion also touched upon the is­sues of ca­pac­ity build­ing, pos­si­ble co­op­er­a­tion and co­or­di­na­tion in so­cio-cul­tural fields and sit­u­a­tion of Mus­lims liv­ing in France in par­tic­u­lar and in Europe in gen­eral. The French Special En­voy to the OIC and the OIC Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer in Paris were also part of their re­spec­tive del­e­ga­tions.—Email

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