OIC committed to peace in southern Philippines

Updated 09 October 2016

OIC committed to peace in southern Philippines

RIYADH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) recently held talks with Philippine officials and other stakeholders as part of its efforts to seek peace in southern Philippines.
“A report on the talks will be presented to the Peace Committee for Southern Philippines (PCSP) during the 43rd Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting due to take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from Oct. 18 to 19,” an OIC official said.
Ambassador Sayed Kassem Elmasry, OIC special envoy for the peace process in southern Philippines, has just concluded a four-day visit to the country.
Accompanied by representatives from the OIC Department of Muslim Minorities and Communities, Elmasry held talks with the Philippine presidential adviser for the peace process, Jesus Dureza, and other stakeholders.
During the meeting, Dureza outlined the government’s plan to converge key elements of all previous international agreements into one enabling law to be passed to benefit all parties.
The Philippine presidential adviser noted that the Philippines is dedicated and fully committed to the peace process in southern Philippines. Dureza emphasized the importance of the continued role of the OIC as an important partner in the peace process, and commended the organization for its achievements such as the creation of the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF).
On the other hand, Elmasry noted the strong support for the peace process and praised the efforts of the Philippines to achieve a just and lasting peace in Mindanao.
The OIC delegation held separate talks with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to ascertain their views on the peace process.
It was reiterated that the BCF is the prime venue for both the MNLF and the MILF to close ranks, strengthen and consolidate their cooperation and unity, and maintain their peaceful struggle for the common cause.


Houthis target Saudi Khamis Mushayt in repeat attack

Updated 22 August 2019

Houthis target Saudi Khamis Mushayt in repeat attack

  • Houthis claimed 10 drones which hit a Saudi natural gas liquefaction plant
  • The Arab coalition said the Houthis are becoming desperate because of their losses

DUBAI: The Arab coalition destroyed two Houthi drones targeting Khamis Mushayt city in south west Saudi Arabia, the state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.

It was the latest in a spate of drone attacks claimed by the Houthi militia in recent weeks, including 10 drones that hit the Saudi Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant near the UAE border.

Arab Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the coalition were taking all possible measures and employing best practices to intercept the drones and stop attacks,

And said the the repeated attacks showed the militants were becoming increasingly desperate as they continued to lose on a daily basis.