OIC chief praises Uzbekistan’s cultural and scientific heritage

RIYADH: Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Hissein Brahim Taha recently met with President of the Senate of Uzbekistan Tanzila Narbaeva in Tashkent, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

During the meeting, which covered various regional and global issues on the OIC agenda, Taha praised Uzbekistan for its rich cultural and scientific heritage and highlighted that the OIC City of Tourism award, awarded to Khiva in Uzbekistan for 2024, recognizes the Government of Uzbekistan’s efforts to develop the tourism sector and enhance this heritage.

He expressed appreciation for Uzbekistan’s hosting of the 12th Islamic Conference of Ministers of Tourism in Khiva on June 1 and 2, which, Taha said, “will significantly contribute to promoting tourism and cultural exchange among member states of the OIC”.

Taha also recognized Uzbekistan’s socioeconomic progress, highlighting its significant efforts towards regional socioeconomic integration.

Regarding Palestine, the OIC head highlighted the efforts made to stop Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip, as well as the need for an immediate ceasefire and the provision of adequate and sustainable humanitarian aid to the inhabitants of Gaza.

Regarding Afghanistan, Taha praised Uzbekistan’s role in promoting peace, security, stability and socioeconomic development, as well as providing humanitarian assistance.

Taha and Narbaeva also discussed OIC’s initiatives to counter Islamophobia and anti-Islamic sentiments, highlighting the importance of promoting Islamic principles of peace and tolerance through education, interfaith dialogue and media outreach.

Furthermore, the meeting addressed socioeconomic and development programs focusing on education, scientific cooperation, sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Cultural cooperation was also discussed, with an emphasis on the conservation and promotion of the heritage of OIC member states through publications, exhibitions and cultural exchanges.

Narbaeva expressed Uzbekistan’s support for various OIC initiatives, highlighting its active collaboration with the OIC in fields ranging from culture and heritage to youth and women’s empowerment.

While in Uzbekistan, Taha also met with the country’s Foreign Minister, Bakhtiyor Saidov, and discussed a wide range of international issues.

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