France briefs OIC team on ME peace initiative
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