At the close of the Extraordinary Islamic Conference of Culture Ministes in Manama: ISESCO Director General highlights the importance of safegaurding human heritage and countering extremism, sectarianism and terrorism
The Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, announced that the Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers, which concluded its proceedings today in Manama, was a successful event that added to the achievements of the successive normal sessions of this conference.
At the closing session of the Conference, which was held yesterday evening in Manama, Dr Altwaijri gave an address wherein he stated that the success of this conference is a huge gain added to ISESCO’s record of achievements, which increases the Organization’s key role in promoting, supporting and developing joint Islamic action; and consolidates its role in serving development goals in the fields of education, science, culture and communication in the Islamic world.
Moreover, the Director General underscored that the Bahrain Declaration, issued at the close of the Conference, mirrors the Conference’s theme and consolidates its intents, which should in turn be reflected in the efforts exerted in the areas of joint cultural action in order to counter the aspects of extremism, sectarianism and terrorism, and safeguard Islamic heritage, which he described as “the intrinsic pillar of our character, an aspect of our identity, and a symbol of our cherished civilization”.
In addition, he stated that the outcomes of this extraordinary session are an appreciated contribution to the activation of ISESCO’s initiative on declaring 2019 as the Year of Islamic Heritage. He added that such outcomes also consolidate the pivotal role of ISESCO in safeguarding cultural heritage in the Islamic world.
Dr Altwaijri also stated that “the Bahrain Declaration on Safeguarding Human Heritage and Countering Extremism”, adopted by the Conference, expressed the collective will of heads of delegations and their commitment to assume the shared responsibility of safeguarding their respective countries’ national heritage, on the one hand, and safeguarding world human heritage through joint international efforts, on the other, in addition to countering all forms of the growing extremism.
The Director General added that the Declaration underscored that extremism incurs evil in all its forms, and incites the commitment of all types of crimes, especially crimes of terrorism, which is the ever-growing and widely spreading scourge that undermines world peace and security.