OIC Press Release
|1 February 2000|
H.E. the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference Dr. Azeddine Laraki, inaugurated on Tuesday 25 Shawal 1420H (1 February 2000) the proceedings of the Fourth Meeting of the Inter-governmental Experts Group on the Security and Solidarity of Islamic States.
In his inaugural address, His Excellency the Secretary General underscored the significance of deepening solidarity among the Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, describing the process as a necessity, particularly for societies which are bound by the ties of history, religion, and common interest. Dr. Laraki affirmed that experience has shown that bolstering solidarity and interdependence among Islamic States is the best remedy for meeting the huge challenges of a globalization which has generated a new economic, cultural and social reality that threatens to extinguish and obliterate small entities. Therefore, H.E. Dr. Laraki concluded that the solidarity of the Islamic Ummah at all times is a religious duty, a social necessity, and a vital bridge to the renaissance of the Ummah, the progress of society, and the prosperity of the individual.
The Experts Group then elected H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Faiz Al Sharif, Head of the Delegation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Chairman of the Meeting and H.E. Consul General Rizwan Ul Haq Mahmoud, Representative of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Rapporteur.
The deliberations and proposals of the Inter-governmental Experts Group on the working papers submitted to the meeting are expected to yield recommendations to be submitted to the Twenty-Seventh Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers which is to be held next June in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia.