The Ambassador of the State of Palestine recently attended the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the Organisation of Islamic Corporation (OIC) Heads of Mission Group in Canberra.
The Ambassador of Indonesia and Chairman of the group, H.E. Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, led the meeting, held on the 3rd of March.
The meeting involved representatives discussing the activities of the group to date, as well as an evaluation of the visit of the OIC Secretary General to Canberra. The Steering Committee Members highly appreciate the OIC emerging Summit for Palestine in Jakarta, Indonesia, which took place from the 6th to 7th of March.
The OIC consists of 57 member countries, of which 56 are United Nation members. The corporation also includes 10 observers including states, which comprise of 1.5 billion people around the world, Muslims organisations, Islamic institutions and International Organisations.
The Heads of Missions explored methods for enhancing cooperation with the Australian government and community as well as strategies for engaging with important stakeholders including civil society groups and the media to promote peace, cooperation and counter negative portrayals of Islam.
In Canberra, the OIC Heads of Mission Groups consist of 40 countries and embassies.
A working group has been established to ensure the OIC Heads of Mission remain updated on the status of the activities as well as to deepen partnership and constructive engagements with the Australian government.
The group was formed in line with the belief that no country in the world, including Australia, has a homogenous society.
The OIC heads of mission aim to function as a group that celebrates diversity and will operate under three pillars; learning, respect and cooperation. It is worth mentioning that Ambassador Abdulhadi has been elected as the Deputy President of the Group.