Istanbul: The role of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) is crucial as Muslims in the Middle East and the world face significant political and economic challenges today, the Crown Prince said yesterday.
His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, underlined the importance of unity and co-operation in confronting these challenges as he took part in the opening session of 13th Islamic Summit of the OIC in Istanbul, Turkey.
He is representing His Majesty King Hamad at the summit.
The Crown Prince stressed that the OIC is an important forum for Muslim nations to come together and address common challenges, as it provides an opportunity to clearly demonstrate Islam’s inherent peaceful and tolerant principles.
He underlined the instrumental role His Majesty has played in supporting diversity and reinforcing unity amongst Bahrainis.
He also praised the King’s pioneering role in supporting initiatives that reinforce religious and cultural respect, which reflect the kingdom’s awareness of the dangers of intolerance, exclusion and extremism.
“The agenda of the OIC summit underscores significant political and economic challenges facing Muslims, and the role of the OIC has never been more important to these efforts.
“The theme of the summit, Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace, represents a powerful statement of Islamic nations’ collective commitment to spreading the true Islamic values of justice and peace,” he said.
The Crown Prince expressed hope that the summit will provide desired outcomes that further increase Islamic co-operation across all sectors.
He thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for hosting the event and his country’s continued efforts to strengthen Islamic collaboration.
Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, director-general of the Office of First Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and Bahrain’s Ambassador to Turkey Dr Ebrahim Al Abdulla attended the summit.
The Crown Prince later met Kuwaiti Amir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah on the sidelines of the summit and conveyed His Majesty’s wishes for continued prosperity in Kuwait. The Kuwaiti Amir extended his best wishes to His Majesty and the people of Bahrain.
They discussed regional developments and long-standing ties between Bahrain and Kuwait, as well as the OIC summit agenda and their hopes for productive outcomes.
The Deputy Premier led Bahrain’s delegation to the work sessions of the summit.
He attended a lunch banquet hosted by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in honour of the countries taking part in the summit. He held talks with the Turkish Premier and other heads of the delegations on issues featuring on the agenda.
Shaikh Mohammed also attended the dinner banquet, hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is also head of the summit. He commended the pivotal Turkish role to strengthen co-operation between member states and advocate just causes of Islamic nations.
The summit yesterday focused particularly on the Palestinian cause, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the detrimental impact of terror and extremism on the image of Islam.