The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed his backing for the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) during his official visit to the Philippines from April 17 to 20.
Iyad Ameen Madani conveyed the OIC’s support for frameworks and agreements that would ensure lasting peace in Mindanao in southern Philippines.
In a statement o Wednesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Madani commenced his visit with a courtesy call on Secretary Albert del Rosario on April 17.
During the call, el Rosario thanked the OIC and its member-states for the humanitarian missions and assistance that they extended to the Philippines in the aftermath of typhoons Yolanda and Sendong.
He also expressed his appreciation for the continuing support of the OIC to the Philippine peace process.
The DFA said Madani highlighted “the OIC’s recent thrust to pursue diversified areas of work, such as science and technology, to inspire hope among the youth in its member-states and a way to counter threats of radicalization.”
“He also acknowledged that the OIC shares many common interests with the Philippines, such as combating terrorism and other transnational crimes, and the promotion and protection of human rights in Asia,” it added.
Madani shared the “renewed interest in the OIC to revisit the Philippines’ bid for an observer status this year.”
While in Manila, the secretary-general met with Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, the lead agency that hosted the secretary-general’s visit.
This meeting was followed by courtesy calls to Senate President Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and other members of Congress.
Madani also sat down with key personalities of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front in Davao and convened a meeting of the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum.
The OIC (formerly Organization of the Islamic Conference) is the second-largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations, with 57 member-states spread over four continents.