Rabat (UNA-OIC) – Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) Dr. Salim Mohammed AlMalik met here on Tuesday with the Chargé d’Affaires of the UAE Embassy in Morocco, Mohammed Saif Al-Shehhi.
Discussions between the two sides at the ICESCO headquarters in Rabat focused on ways to promote cooperation between the Organization and the United Arab Emirates.
AlMalik praised the special relations between ICESCO and the UAE, noting that Abu Dhabi hosted the 40th Session of ICESCO Executive Council last January. He also indicated that the Abu Dhabi meeting ushered in the start of a new phase as the Organization announced its new vision and future strategy.
The 40th Session of ICESCO Executive Council also adopted decisions of historic proportions that opened wider horizons for joint Islamic action, including the amendments to the Organization’s Charter and internal regulations.
The Director-General further highlighted the standing cooperation between ICESCO and the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance. The two institutions co-organized the ongoing Hamdan–ICESCO Prize for Voluntary Development of Education Facilities in the Islamic World Countries. The Foundation and the Organization also funded several educational programs.
He commended the sustained keenness of UAE officials to take part in ICESCO’s conferences and forums, citing the “Extraordinary Virtual Conference of Culture Ministers of ICESCO Member States” held under the theme “Sustainability of Cultural Action in Face of Crises”, under the Chair of the UAE. The event brought together 50 states and 22 international organizations.
Al-Shehhi commended ICESCO’s efforts during the coronavirus pandemic to support the most vulnerable Member States in mitigating the impact of the disease in its areas of competence.
The two parties agreed to continue constructive cooperation between ICESCO and the UAE.