President Yahya Jammeh has joined other world leaders gathered in Turkey for the two-day summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation where the Turkey’s President Erdogan proposed a Muslim cooperation against terrorism.
Himself a leading voice against terrorism among world leaders, President Jammeh often denounces terrorist organizations such as IS as a bandit organization that is bent on tarnishing the name of Islam.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday proposed a body within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to solidify and institutionalize cooperation against terrorism, as terror groups do not represent Islam.
“Once again, I call on the international bodies to review their approaches to terrorist organizations. It is necessary to conduct operations against terror organizations on the ground, while there should [also] be efforts to target those organizations’ financial and human resources,” Erdogan said in his opening speech at the 13th Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul.
“For that, international cooperation is vital. Establishing a body that would solidify and institutionalize cooperation against terror within the OIC is the right step to take”.
Turkey is now hosting the OIC summit for the first time since the body’s inception in 1969.
Turkey will take over the bloc’s chair for the next two years during the summit, which will be held under the theme “Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace”.
The two-day summit is set to strengthen unity and solidarity between Muslim countries in the fight against terrorism.
Erdogan thanked member countries for helping support the establishment of the OIC’s new police cooperation and coordination center in Istanbul.
Saying that terror is one of the gravest problems facing the Islamic world, Erdogan decried the devastation of Afghanistan, in which hundreds of thousands Muslims were killed and millions of them were mistreated by al-Qaeda.
“Now Daesh, which controls certain places in Iraq and Syria and tries to get control of Libya, serves the same dirty plans. We see Boko Haram and Al Shabaab, which conduct terror attacks in Africa, in the same category. Apart from a few attacks for show, all these terror organizations oppress and harm all Muslims,” Erdogan stressed.
Erdogan maintained that these terror organizations do not represent Islam. “Our religion is a religion of peace and compromise,” Erdogan added.
During his talks, the Turkish leader also backed a Saudi-backed alliance to fight against terror and said that alliance should turn into an operational body.
Erdogan said that Islamic world should deal with terror and other crisis themselves instead of waiting for “other powers to intervene.”
“We need to intervene and solve. When we don’t, others intervene,” he said, adding that if the alliance becomes active, a new era in front of Muslim countries would open.
The Turkish leader also stressed that Muslims need to overcome “the instigation of sectarianism”.
“My religion is neither Sunni nor Shia. My religion is Islam,” said Erdogan.
Meanwhile, the foreign minister of Turkey also tweeted that he has had a meeting with the foreign minister of The Gambia at the sideline of the summit.
Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu tweeted saying he had “discussed our bilateral relations and cooperation in various areas w/ FM Macdouall Gaye of #Gambia”.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) (formerly Organization of the Islamic Conference) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents.
The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world that ensures, safeguard and protect the interests of Muslims in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony.
The Organization was established upon a decision of the historical summit which took place in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco on 12th Rajab 1389 Hijra (25 September 1969) as a result of criminal arson of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.
In 1970 the first ever meeting of Islamic Conference of Foreign Minister (ICFM) was held in Jeddah which decided to establish a permanent secretariat in Jeddah headed by the organization’s secretary general.
Source: Anadolu News Agency