Istanbul, April 13 (IANS) Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) pledged here on Tuesday to defeat terrorism and extremism.
“We will continue to fight against force of darkness and extremism that misrepresent the real teaching of Islam, which is based on tolerance,” Xinhua quoted Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister Hisham Badr as saying in his opening speech at a meeting with foreign ministers from other OIC member states.
In his view, the Islamic world is in need of moderation and an integrated strategy for an effective struggle against terrorism and extremism.
Badr also appealed for a dialogue among civilisations and religions to overcome the challenges facing the region.
“We hope we will win despite all of the sacrifices we gave,” he added.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that an action plan that will draw a road map for the OIC over the next 10 years will be adopted at the OIC leaders’ summit slated for Thursday and Friday.
“I believe that the Islamic world will achieve the targets of the action plan with a spirit of unity and solidarity,” Cavusoglu said.
At the meeting of foreign ministers, Badr handed over the OIC presidency to Cavusoglu.
The 13th OIC summit is expected to draw more than 50 heads of state or government, including Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.