OIC chief, Pope discuss Jerusalem, Rohingya, terrorism

March 17, 2018 Off By Web Desk

Rome Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al Othaimeen met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday.

During the meeting, Al Othaimeen thanked the Pope for his stand on the issue of Jerusalem (Al Quds) and the basic rights of the Muslims and Christians in the holy city. Both sides were in agreement on the cause of Palestine and Jerusalem. The Pope also appreciated OIC’s position against terrorism, and stressed that there is no link between Islam and terrorism. Both sides emphasized the importance of interfaith dialogue and raising the voice of wisdom and tolerance to combat extremism and terrorism. The secretary general emphasized to the Pope that terrorism has no religion, and that OIC condemns all terrorist acts coming from any religion.

Al Othaimeen also appreciated the position of the Pope on many issues such as promoting human rights and migration, expressing his thanks to Pope Francis for his position on the Rohingya Muslims and their rights. On his part, the Pope vowed his support to the basic rights of the Rohingya, adding that their suffering has been going on for a long time, and he thanked neighboring countries, especially Bangladesh for hosting them.

The secretary general also met with Secretary of State of the Vatican Pietro Parolin. They discussed cooperation and importance of dialogue between both sides and continuous contact.

Source: International Islamic News Agency