Rabat (UNA-OIC) – Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) Dr. Salim Mohammed AlMalik met here on Monday with Palestinian Ambassador to Morocco Jamal Al-Shobaki, where they explored future opportunities between ICESCO and Palestine.
During the meeting, AlMalik talked about ICESCO’s new strategy that envisions a global outreach for programs in the fields of education, science, technology, and culture. He also highlighted ICESCO’s results-oriented initiatives, activities, and programs in support of the efforts of Member States to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
ICESCO and Palestine enjoy special cooperation, the Director-General reaffirmed, pointing out that the Organization works closely with the Palestinian National Commission for Education, Science, and Culture to tailor programs specific to the Palestinian needs.
AlMalik underlined that ICESCO and donors supported the continuity of schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Palestine receiving IT equipment to support digital innovation and distance learning. He added that ICESCO also provided assistance and school grants to Palestinian students.
As for culture, the ICESCO chief stressed that the Organization actively supports the preservation of Palestine’s civilizational heritage. He stated that the Organization contributed to the restoration of several heritage sites in Al-Quds and its vicinity, noting that ICESCO’s Al-Quds Unit oversees the projects.
For his part, Ambassador Al-Shobaki expressed his thanks to ICESCO and its Director-General for their support to Palestine and their prompt response to Palestinian needs. He also commended the ICESCO’s remarkable presence during the pandemic, which positioned the Organization at the forefront of the international development scene.
The Palestinian diplomat stated that cultural and civilizational heritage is a source of strength. He added that preserving heritage protects the national Palestinian identity, expressing his appreciation of ICESCO’s efforts in this regard.