Kuwaiti academicians: OIC summit key to achieve regional peace, stability

By Nasser Al-Ajmi KUWAIT, Kuwaiti academicians said the upcoming 14th Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) summit, due in Makkah at the end of this week, was important to unify positions over regional issues to ultimately achieve peace and stability.

The academicians, in separate statements to KUNA on Wednesday, hoped the OIC summit would have resolutions that would meet aspirations of Muslim people.

The OIC leaders are facing many challenges foremost regional conflicts and Iran’s threats to neighboring countries, Dr. Mohammad Muneef, a political sociologist, said.

The security situations in Yemen, Syria, Libya and Iraq will feature high on the OIC agenda, he said.

The OIC leaders should reaffirm importance of peaceful solutions for regional conflicts that undermine security and stability of people, and to reject Iran’s interference in neighboring countries namely the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), added Muneef.

The holy city of Makkah is hosting the OIC summit, a city that has “an exceptional religious status” for all Muslims, said Muneef and cited that Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) met in Makkah last Ramadan and pledged 2.5 billion Kuwaiti dinars (KD (USD 8.25 billion) aid package for Jordan to address economic problems.

Muneef called on OIC to launch an international campaign protecting the “image of Islam and Muslims, and confront all hostile acts against Muslims, in addition to activating cultural, intellectual and civilizational dialogues between OIC and countries of the world.” OIC’s Makkah summit, he said, should focus on economic cooperation and trade exchange among Islamic countries in order to serve best interest of Muslims.

Dr. Munawer Al-Rajhi, head of Mass Communication Department at Kuwait University (KU), said Islamic countries have not been paying attention to strengthening economic cooperation despite their huge potentials.

He said there should be a clear economic roadmap for OIC member countries in order to create a solid economic entity based on natural, financial and human resources.

Al-Rajhi said weak relations among member countries and conflicts have been affecting OIC members’ ability to address key challenges like illiteracy.

He called on OIC leaders to take “practical and serious steps” to solve political conflicts among member countries during their summit, and to improve education and eradicate poverty.

Al-Rajhi said peaceful co-existence and tolerance would correct the way people see Islam, which rejected all forms of terrorism and extremism.

Dr. Fawaz Al-Ajmi, a professor of Mass Communications at KU, said leaders of OIC member countries would be meeting amidst troubled zones in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, coupled with rising tension between the US and Iran.

He called on Islamic countries to unite against all these threats in order to rid the region from further crises.

Al-Ajmi underscored importance of having a uniform political message aimed at favoring peace solutions for regional problems, like the one between Iran and the US, and ultimately aimed at preserving security and stability of the area.

He hoped the Muslim leaders create multi-language media centers to address islamophobia and spread moderate principles of Islam, which is based on peaceful co-existence.

Source: Kuwait News Agency