2002 News Story

OIC information ministers urge solidarity of Muslim world

Minister of Information Dr. Fuad Al-Farsi led the Saudi delegation to the standing committee for information and cultural Affairs of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which concluded its deliberations in Dakar, Senegal yesterday with a statement urging the Muslim world to catch up with new media technologies and calling for solidarity in extending support to the Palestinians in this area. The conference also called for participation in the international festival for television production scheduled for Islamabad next March; reviewed issues such as the role of women in the development of Muslim society, the protection of children in the Muslim world, and the status of Islamic universities and institutes.

In his address, Dr. Al-Farsi attested to the moderation of the Muslim world and its ability to contribute to the enrichment of global civilization and the achievement of international security and stability, rejecting aggression and all forms of extremism. Calling for Muslim solidarity and international cooperation to shut the door on evil, he denounced the ongoing media campaign against Islam and Muslim peoples and countries, including Saudi Arabia. He went on to declare that given the situation in Palestine since 1948, a return to the negotiation table remains the only way to bring about a just and lasting peace in the region.