OIC to hold meet over combating violence, terrorism

Abu Dhabi, Aug 10 (IANS/WAM) The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is scheduled to hold a high-level meeting on Tuesday to further strengthen, solidify and coordinate the efforts to counter extreme violence, sectarianism, terrorism and Islamophobia, media reported on Monday.

The OIC said it has been committed to countering violent extremism for over 20 years. The OIC Code of Conduct on Combating Terrorism and the OIC Convention on Combating International Terrorism were adopted in 1994 and 1999, respectively.

The meeting in Jeddah will be attended by the heads of OIC’s relevant subsidiary, specialised and affiliated bodies, a statement said.

The meeting is expected to focus on the multitude and various dimensions of OIC’s strategy, including the root causes of terrorism and violent extremism, how to de-legitimise the ideological discourse of terrorist organisations, ways of inspiring young Muslims to become the driving force against terrorism, cyber and social media and countering Islamophobic voices.

OIC Secretary-General Iyad Ameen Madani is scheduled to deliver a speech at the meeting, along with statements by the heads of the OIC’s various institutions.

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