Organization of Islamic Cooperation institutions plan and ponder at annual confab

OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousuf bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, right, speaks during the event in Jeddah. (Photo/Twitter)
Updated 05 December 2018
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Organization of Islamic Cooperation institutions plan and ponder at annual confab

  • The get-together at the organization's headquarters in Jeddah sought solutions to the most pressing issues facing the Muslim world

JEDDAH: Institutions affiliated with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) met at its Jeddah headquarters on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the Muslim world’s most pressing issues.

Officials from the Islamic Development Bank, the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, the Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) in Ankara, Turkey and the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent in Benghazi, Libya were present at the two-day event.

The 4th Annual Coordination Meeting of OIC Institutions kicked off with discussions on a report submitted by the organization’s humanitarian affairs committee. 

Members evaluated progress on action plans devised last year to tackle political, economic, social and human rights issues. The report also highlighted notable achievements made in 2017 and plans slated for implementation in 2019. 

One such plan is the establishment of an e-portal by the SESRIC, aimed at making information more accessible, according to one SESRIC official.

“The software has been passed on to the OIC’s digital department, which will make our new platform available to all other OIC institutions,” he said.

Discussions on enhancing Islamic social finance, which includes alms and other forms of charity, were also suggested to the Islamic Research and Training Institute and a joint discussion on implementing humanitarian goals under the OIC’s 2025 program is slated to take place, according to event organizers. 

“Refugee-related issues form the core of our mission and we plan on devising a comprehensive program that will address challenges faced by vulnerable groups, including refugees, elderly persons and women,” said Mahla Talibna, general director of social, cultural and family affairs at the OIC. “We also aim to establish a department devoted exclusively to social affairs.” 

Progress reports will be submitted by all OIC institutions by January 2019. Meanwhile, OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousuf bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen will oversee a meeting to be held in March 2019 evaluating the implementation of recommendations put forth by the World Humanitarian Summit. Periodic ad hoc emergency meetings will also be held at SESRIC in Ankara, according to officials, who have pledged organizing high-profile meetings that would gather officials from the world’s most influential centers.


Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

Updated 21 May 2019
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Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.