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.


'He doesn’t represent us': Saudis tweet in solidarity with Americans over Florida Navy base shooting

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'He doesn’t represent us': Saudis tweet in solidarity with Americans over Florida Navy base shooting

JEDDAH: Saudis took to social media to offer heartfelt condolences in solidarity with Americans after a Saudi student opened fire at a US Navy base in Florida on Friday. 

Three people were killed and at several injured in the attack at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. The gunman was shot and killed.

Under several hashtags, most prominently an Arabic one which translates to #Florida_Criminal_Does_not_represent_us, Saudis expressed deep sympathy with those affected.

Abdullah Al-Najdi said on Twitter: “He does not represent Saudi Arabia and only represents his devious ideology. Criminals exist in every religion and every country. He is responsible for his own action.”

Another Twitter user said: “Saudi people are against terrorism and terrorists. We are with tolerance and peace.”

Hamad Al-Mansour said: “No doubt that this is a criminal act that does not represent us. We reject any act of aggression anywhere and any place. King Salman said it that this shooter does not represent us. My condolences to the American people.”

@Samahafam said: “Saudis are denouncing the heinous barbaric act of the Florida attack. ‘Florida’s criminal does not represent us’ is trending in Saudi Arabia. Our condolences to our American friends. 

@lionnsser said the attacker was a criminal who does not represent Islam.

“Saudi Arabia is always working on spreading peace, tolerance and coexistence between people.” 

Another Twitter user described the attack as a “heinous crime”. 

“We regret every incident in which innocent lives have been killed, Everyone should know that this event has nothing to do with religion or the homeland, our condolences to the families of the dead,” the user said.

@nai901 said: “Saudi Arabia foiled many terrorist attempts around the world. Saudi scholarship students saved many people and placed their lives in danger, some of them died doing it. This is an isolated incident that is condemned by Saudi people and government.” 

@MosaedJaser also said the attacker “does not represent our religion that prohibits the murder of innocent people.”

“He does not represent our government and leaders,” he added. “Saudi Arabia was in the lead front in fighting extremism. He does not represent us.” 

Mishap Al-Dafiri said: “Our government stands firm against extremism and supports peace and security around the world. He does not represent us and our religion.”