OIC chief hails Cambodia’s longstanding respect for Muslim community

May 31, 2018 Off By Web Desk

Phnom Penh (UNA-OIC) – Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen has commended the leadership of the Kingdom of Cambodia, particularly Prime Minister Hun Sen, for hosting annual Ramadan Iftar Celebrations for the Muslim community in the country.

He described the holding of the annual Iftar celebration as a symbol of Cambodia’s longstanding respect for diversity, multiculturalism and tolerance and the high regard the government grants to the Muslim Community.

In a message to this year’s Ramadan Iftar Celebrations held on Tuesday in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, Al-Othaimeen noted that: this peaceful integration and coexistence can serve as a good example for other countries in the region.

Director General of Cultural and Social Affairs Department of the OIC Mehla Talebna delivered the message on behalf of the secretary general. She stressed that the Government’s promotion of religious tolerance clearly has had a very positive impact, and is one factor that distinguishes Cambodia from other nations.

In his speech during the Iftar celebration, Prime Minister Sen expressed his appreciation to the OIC and its Secretary General Al-Othaimeen. He added that Cambodia gave high priority to peaceful religious coexistence and harmony and called on the Muslim community to contribute more to the economic development of the country.

This is the fifth year that the Royal Government of Cambodia has been organizing the Ramadan Iftar Celebration, which was attended by more than 5,000 international and local Muslim leaders, including members of the Royal Government of Cambodia and representatives of the diplomatic corps in Phnom Penh.

Buddhism is the state religion of Cambodia, but the country says it fully respects the religious freedom of others especially Muslims.

The OIC is committed to cooperate with the international community to promote and consolidate global peace, stability, harmony, security, and development.

Source: International Islamic News Agency