Istanbul: : His Majesty King Hamad yesterday called for more co-ordination to address serious challenges threatening the security of Islamic nation.
The King, in a keynote speech to the Islamic Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey, voiced optimism that Muslim nations will be able to defend their common interests and fend off terror threats because of their religious unity and common destiny.
The speech was delivered on his behalf by Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa.
His Majesty thanked President Recep Tayyib Erdogan, the Turkish government and its people for hosting the summit and their gracious hospitality.
He affirmed confidence in President Erdogan’s leadership of the OIC and his ability to enhance joint action.
The King also thanked Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi for his efforts as president of the previous session in consolidating joint action.
His Majesty stressed that the Islamic nation faced serious internal and external challenges that required solidarity to achieve justice and peace recommended by the Sharia.
The King also affirmed that terrorism is targeting lives and property across the world.
“Terrorism has no religion or country, and it has nothing to do with Islam,” he pointed out.
“Our Islamic religion and its principles and precepts call for co-existence, fraternity and peace.”
The King said: “It is not logical that terror acts are committed in the name of Islam, a religion that calls for good and love within a framework of dialogue and wisdom.”
Bahrain, which has suffered and still suffers from terror and vandalism acts that are backed by external forces, including Iran and Hizbollah in Lebabon, renews its strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms , he said.
The kingdom also confirms its commitment to combating this scourge that poses a threat to the security of the entire world and calls upon everyone to work collectively to remove its causes, he said. The world must co-operate to eradicate terror, uproot it and dry up its sources, His Majesty stressed.
He said Bahrain also calls on the international community, as well as the relevant local and international bodies, to declare war on terrorism and initiate necessary procedures to protect the interests of nations, and the life, safety and integrity of peoples.
He highlighted the dangers posed by Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, and renewed Bahrain’s support for the UAE’s right to regain its three islands, occupied by Iran.