Extraordinary Islamic Solidarity Summit Concludes, Issues Statement

Qatar News Agency, Qatar
August 16, 2012 Thursday 3:47 PM EST

Extraordinary Islamic Solidarity Summit Concludes, Issues Statement 5

The Islamic Summit affirmed its solidarity and full support for Sudan,
Somalia, Afghanistan and Jammu and Kashmir, Iraq, Yemen, Ivory Coast,
the Union of Comoros and the Republic of Turkish-Cyprus in addressing
the challenges facing these countries.

It also condemned the aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan and
calls for the withdrawal of Armenian troops from Azerbaijani
territories.

The Summit underlined that the reform and development are renewable
and sustainable options and that these are the sole responsibility of
the (Muslim) nation and not others.

It also underlined the significance of developing scientific plans and
programs that could bring about the Muslim nation’s renaissance and
ensure its status of elevation under the guidance of the holy Quran
and tenets of the Prophet’s (PBUH) Sunnah, reported Saudi Press Agency
SPA.

The Summit urged member states to take measures to avoid raising
discord and strife between Islamic sects, and that States shall
endeavor in this regard to take up their roles of reconciliation and
pursue the unity of peoples and bring about the national unity and
equality among the people of one nation.

The Summit affirmed that Islam is a religion of moderation and
openness which rejects all forms of extremism and immoderation,
emphasizing the importance of confronting deviant thoughts by all
available means, calling for the development of curricula to enhance
Islamic values in the areas of understanding, tolerance, dialogue and
pluralism, and extending bridges between the Islamic world to
strengthen their unity and solidarity.

The Summit stressed the condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and
manifestations, praising the significant efforts made by the
Government of Saudi Arabia in the establishment of International
Counter-Terrorism Centre under the umbrella of the United Nations to
implement the recommendations of the International Conference on
Combating Terrorism held in Riyadh in 2005 which emphasizes the need
to distinguish between terrorism and legitimate resistance to foreign
occupation, which does not allow killing of innocent civilians.

The Summit expressed deep concern for the emerging phenomenon of
linking Islam with terrorism which is exploited by some extremist
trends and parties in the west to offend Islam and Muslims. (MORE)

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