Jeddah: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) urged Islamic countries to assist victims of natural disasters, conflicts, and wars worldwide. At the start of the 35th meeting of the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent (ICIC), the OIC further urged boosting Islamic Solidarity in humanitarian aid for disaster and conflict-affected populations in the Islamic World.
The ICCI of the OIC is a specialized organ. The 35th session of the OIC took place over two days at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah. The meeting, which was held under the patronage of the Islamic Summit’s chair country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, considers the most recent updates on the ICIC’s humanitarian and relief assistance work to natural disaster-affected populations and internally displaced persons (IDPs) across OIC Member States, as well as the importance of maintaining cooperation and coordination in humanitarian action and follow-up on irregular migration issues.
The Committee was meeting at a time when a new reality was forming across the Muslim world, posing severe humanitarian challenges that can only be addressed through genuine solidarity action, according to OIC Secretary General Hissein Ibrahim Taha in a statement read on his behalf by Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian, Cultural, and Social Affairs Amb. Tareq Bakheet.
The ICIC’s and other humanitarian organizations’ efforts to alleviate the suffering of victims of catastrophes, conflicts, and wars around the Muslim world receive special attention from the General Secretariat. He hailed the ICIC’s 35th conference as a watershed moment in the quest for greater coordination and cooperation to pursue these noble humanitarian goals.
Moreover, he commended the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chair of the Islamic Summit.
He also congratulated the ICIC and the Red Crescent and Red Cross organizations for their tireless efforts during disasters and humanitarian crises, notably in reaction to the corona virus pandemic’s devastating impact on the Muslim world.
The Secretary-General further emphasized the OIC’s willingness to use all of its resources to help the ICIC in its earnest efforts to aid victims of natural and man-made disasters.