OIC Secretary General in Brussels to forge a closer partnership with the EU and Belgium
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Dr Yusuf bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen met with Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, in Brussels on 15 February. High-Representative/Vice-President Mogherini emphasized the importance of a regular and constructive dialogue in view of a closer partnership to address together many issues of common interest.
The occasion represented first bilateral meeting since the Secretary General took office late last year. The meeting allowed for discussions on relations with the Muslim world and with Muslim communities in Europe. The High-Representative/Vice-President and the Secretary General exchanged views on possible areas of cooperation, building also on the fruitful exchanges, the previous day, at the first EU-OIC Senior Officials Meeting. There was a common resolve to reach out to Muslim communities notably in Europe, as a way to increase Muslim youth participation and civic involvement in the political and social life in Europe and to counter radicalisation and terrorism.
During the two-day long visit Secretary General Othaimeen and his delegation had several other important engagements both at bilateral and multilateral level, including a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium Didier Reynders. His discussion with Minister Reynders also touched upon the potential role of the OIC in promoting tolerance, peaceful coexistence, respect for minorities and diversity and on how to engage Muslim Communities in Europe in dealing with the threat of radicalism and extremism. In addition, Secretary General Othaimeen and Minister Reynders agreed to work on developing more structured cooperation framework between the OIC and Belgium
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