Ambassador Abdulhadi, in his role as Vice-President of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Heads of Mission Group in Canberra, attended the plenary meeting of this group at the Indonesian Embassy, upon invitation from the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, President of the OIC Group.
Ambassador Abdulhadi presented to the group the formal structure of the group and its various by-laws. Ambassador Abdulhadi also bid farewell to outgoing Ambassador Kesoema and thanked him kindly for his excellent work as President of the OIC Group.
Ambassador Kesoema reported on the group's activities that were implemented in 2016, including sending a letter to Foreign Minister Hon. Julie Bishop introducing the group. Ambassador Kesoema also presented the group's planned activities for 2017. These include a meeting with Foreign Minister Bishop in March and also a meeting with Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
The group discussed the importance of the relationship with the Muslim community in Australia and suggested regular consultation meetings with Muslim community leaders. They stressed the importance of changing the stereotype of Islam, both in Australia and globally.
This plenary meeting also saw the missions of Pakistan and Bangladesh join the group's Steering Committee.