The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has assured its support for all international and regional efforts aimed at combating terrorism, and renewed its solidarity with all initiatives aimed at achieving security and peace in the Member States and the entire world to serve the interests of the people and to support stability.
The OIC Secretary General said that the Member States of the OIC are among the countries most affected by terrorism where Muslims are suffering from the scourge of those groups that have engaged in erroneous interpretations of religious texts. This is occurring at that same time when Muslims are facing ideological claims by ultra-right wing parties and voices of Islamophobia that both seek to distort the image of Islam and Muslims.
Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani emphasized that the OIC Charter and other relevant legal instruments, particularly the Code of Conduct on Combating Terrorism adopted in 1994; the OIC Convention to Combat Terrorism adopted in 1999; and resolutions adopted by Islamic summits, Council of Foreign Ministers and the ministerial level Executive Committee, urges all Member States to have joint cooperation to combat terrorism.
Madani pointed out that the increase in terrorist crimes confers upon Member States a historic responsibility and makes it imperative to intensify joint action to deal with this phenomenon in all its dimensions.
In this regard, Madani welcomed the announcement of an Islamic Coalition to combat terrorism which brings together several OIC Member States. He underscored the unwavering position of the OIC that terrorism has no religion or identity, and must take into account, in addition to security and military considerations, the political, social and economic contexts that provide favorable conditions for the spread of terrorism and violent extremism such as economic deprivation, exclusion, devastation, marginalization, forced disintegration of political, legal, social and cultural institutions. It is also important to examine the underlying reasons behind sectarian violence and attempts to politicize denominational differences and to focus on sectarian affiliation as a core identity, as well as the infiltration by third parties into terrorist and extremist groups in order to serve their own political agendas, he added.