At Baghdad “Elite Conference,” OIC chief stresses need to strengthen democratic institutions - Pakistan News Digest

At Baghdad “Elite Conference,” OIC chief stresses need to strengthen democratic institutions

Baghdad (OIC-UNA) - Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen underlined the need to strengthen democracy and state institutions in Iraq as well as to restore peace and fight terrorism, while complying with the spirit of the Makkah Historic Document of 2006, which was initiated by the OIC and signed by a constellation of prominent scholars. Addressing the Iraq Elite Conference in Baghdad, the OIC chief said he was confident that the participants would adopt essential recommendations to enhance the ability of the people and leadership of Iraq in this respect.

Co-organized by the OIC, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry and the Iraqi Reconciliation Committee, the Elite Conference constitutes a first concrete step toward entrenching national reconciliation, in which the OIC is playing a major role. The process for reconciliation will engage the Iraqi government and national political stakeholders in nationwide consultations to identify areas for greater synergy and allow for necessary preparations and discussions, to deliver practical results during the National Reconciliation Conference.

Congratulating the Iraqi government, people and army on the decisive victory scored over the terrorist groups of Daesh, Dr. Al-Othaimeen underlined that Iraq is ushering on a new phase in the Iraqi people's path toward national reconciliation, enhanced security and stability, and reconstruction of liberated provinces. In this regard, the OIC secretary general stressed that due attention should be given to accelerating displaced persons' return to their towns and villages.

"The OIC believes that the solution to the Iraqi crisis must be decided by Iraqis themselves, free from any external interference, which involves making concessions. When rooted in equal individual rights, citizenship is a vital part to the solution, Al-Othaimeen pointed out, underlying that Iraqis should make their sectarian, linguistic, cultural and regional diversity a source of harmony and strength, not discord and weakness.

For all these reasons, the Organization remains at an equal distance from all parties and blocs in Iraq, seeking the wider interest of Iraq and its people, he emphasized.

Everyone is looking forward to the day when there will be full, lasting national reconciliation in Iraq, Dr. Al-Othaimeen enthused, explaining that the country remains central to the stability of the entire Arab and Muslim world.

For his part, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari stressed the key role played by the OIC and its secretary general in the process for Iraqi national reconciliation. He argued that Iraq's middle-class elite have a major part to take in decision making to help revive and develop all Iraqi communities. There are good signs that national reconciliation is underway, he underscored, noting that there will still be a need to consolidate it.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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