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OIC SEEKS RECONCILIATION BETWEEN MUSLIMS AND WEST

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The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has emphasised the importance of cultural and interfaith dialogue to promote world peace and stability, and said it was seeking a historic reconciliation between the Muslim world and the West. “The OIC reflects the true and real image of Islam, based on tolerance, peace, pluralism and acknowledgement of diversity. It advocates dialogue with other faiths and civilizations,” said Abdul Rauf Bin Rajab, spokesman for the 57-member organisation. He said Islamophobia has evoked global concern because of its negative impact on world peace and security. He also disclosed the OIC’s plan to hold a seminar in Warsaw on Dec. 8-10 to discuss the situation of Muslim communities in Central and Eastern Europe. Bin Rajab refuted press comments attributed to the OIC secretary-general in Fars News Agency that the West has hatched plots to spread Islamophobia in a bid to block growing conversions to Islam. “The agency’s report is inaccurate and misleading.” He said the issue required joint international efforts. The increasing manifestations of Islamophobia in the West shows inadequate knowledge about nations and cultures, he said, while emphasizing the need for forging a new relationship and understanding through respect for cultural diversity.



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