Opening of the Third Meeting of the Committe of Experts on the Follow-up of the Plan of Action for Safeguarding the Rights of Muslim Communities and Minorities

OIC Press Release

1 September 2001

Opening of the Third Meeting of the Committe of Experts on the Follow-up of the Plan of Action for Safeguarding the Rights of Muslim Communities and Minorities

Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is to open on Wednesday 12 September 2001 the Third-Meeting of the Group of Experts on the Follow-up of the Plan of Action for Safeguarding the Rights of Muslim Communities and Minorities in non OIC Member States.

The opening ceremony will also be attended by H.E. President Petar Astoyanov, President of the Republic of Bulgaria as well as a number of other senior officials in the Bulgarian government and religious and social figures along with representatives of the diplomatic missions of the Islamic States accredited to Bulgaria. Contributors to the Organization of this meeting include the Islamic Development Bank, the World Muslim Dawa Association in Libya, and the General Ifta House for Muslims in Bulgaria – Also an elite of distinct intellectuals and eminent Islamic figures among those highly competent and specialized in the East European States and in Federal Russia, will be attending this event.

This meeting falls within the framework of the implementation of the Islamic Conferences’ resolutions which have stressed the need to mobilize all means to cater for the rights of the Muslim communities and minorities in non OIC Member States to look after their religious and national rights and to incite them to participate actively in the economic and social progress of their countries and to respect the traditions and regulations of the countries to which they belong – The meeting will also further the historic bonds between Bulgaria and the East European States and Russia on the one hand, and the Islamic States on the other. It will also help promote the cultural and economic relations between the peoples of this region and the Islamic World such as to further entrench contemporary civilizations’ dialogue and cooperation whose results are bound to reflect positively on Bulgarian Muslims and the other Muslims in those countries. The meeting will likewise encourage the latter to take an active part in the political and economic life while preserving their Islamic traditions and identity and also linking them with their brothers in the Islamic World, thus bolster their spirit of Islamic brotherhood and solidarity.

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