HRH applauds OIC achievements

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

HIS Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, yesterday lauded the achievements of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), saying that Islam is now seen as a positive force in the modern world.

In his sabda at the opening of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Guinea, HRH said OIC is now “as technical, professional and responsible as any in the world”.

“It has embraced globalism in a most constructive way. I think this is why we are seeing progress in many aspects of our work,” HRH said.

HRH further said the people in OIC member countries have new education and health opportunities through its programme of action.

“In banking, investment, and trade, our approach is respected. Our social and family values are increasingly acknowledged.”

A “true image” of Islam is gaining more international acceptance despite the international media’s “obsession with extremism, violence and warfare”, HRH added.

His Royal Highness delivered his opening remarks on behalf of the Asian group at the opening session.

Addressing the meeting’s theme, “Dialogue of Civilisations, Factor for Peace and Development”, HRH said it gives OIC the means to engage in modern development planning.

“We have a powerful reference point in the welfare of the people we represent, regardless of their history, geography, or cultural background. “We have measurable targets in all areas of life and we have identified the sustainable resources needed to achieve them,” HRH added.

HRH went on to say that the organisation was about to meet a demanding challenge.

“Our Mekah Programme of Action will soon have to be assessed and its future planned. And we cannot do this on our own. Political, economic and social affairs today are far too interdependent. So, our positive approach is extremely valuable.”

HRH said governments and people can benefit a great deal from international dialogue.

“The human development, the practical investment, the common understanding and the long-term commitments that result are essential,” the minister said.

HRH added that international dialogue can be a factor in promoting peace and sustainable development.

HRH also paid tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela who passed away at the age of 95.

“We join Africa and the world in mourning the late Nelson Mandela. We share the sadness of his passing, the deep inspiration that is his legacy and the hope for the future that was his gift to developing nations,” HRH said.

In a press statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, HRH also held a bilateral meeting with Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov.

HRH later attended a welcoming dinner hosted by State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Guineans Abroad Francois Lounceny Fall.

The Brunei Times