The OIC Secretary General Concludes Visit to Malaysia and Indonesia

OIC Press Release

21 April 2001

The OIC Secretary General Concludes Visit to Malaysia and Indonesia

Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Dr. Abdelou ahed Belkeziz returned to Jeddah, Friday evening, 20 April 2001, following a visit to Malaysia and Indonesia in the framework of the direct contacts he is conducting with the various governments of Islamic States after the assumption of his new tasks at the top of the OIC General Secretariat.

During his visit to Kuala Lumpur, the Secretary General met with Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia. The meeting addressed various issues of concern to the OIC, foremost among which was the restructuring the General Secretariat and upgrading its performance in general, as well as other matters relating to the OIC methods of work. It is to be noted that Malaysia chairs the restructuring committee which has been charged with this task in collaboration with the OIC General Secretariat.

Earlier, H.E. the Secretary-General met with the Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar. The two sides discussed ways of strengthening coordination and cooperation between Malaysia and the OIC, and the achievements made in terms of the process of OIC restructuring, in addition to the preparations carried out by Malaysia to host the meeting of Muslim experts and academics from the members States to examine the subject of globalization. In Kuala Lumpur, the Secretary General held a meeting with the Ambassadors of OIC Member States and discussed with them issues relevant to Islam and Muslims in South East Asia region.

On Thursday 19 April, the Secretary General visited Jakarta where he met with the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The meeting addressed issues relating to Indonesia’s relation with the OIC and with the Islamic world in general. The Indonesian official reviewed, during the meeting, the political situation in his country, and expressed the desire of his government to receive urgent assistance and investments from the Islamic States in order to enhance the economic situation and establish the infrastructure in some Indonesian regions which experience some disturbances as a consequence of bad economic conditions.

On the same day, the Secretary General met with Mr. Abdurrahman Wahid, President of the Republic of Indonesia, who also expressed the need for Islamic investments in Indonesia in order to provide appropriate conditions for developing adversely affected areas as well as to preserve the unity of the country.