PARIS, 9th January, 2017 (WAM) — Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, has held a bilateral meeting with Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO.

According to an OIC statement, the two sides exchanged views on various international and regional issues of common interest, regarding inter-alia the protection of cultural heritage in the event of conflict, the fight against violent extremism and radicalism, the need to promote intercultural and inter-faith dialogue to achieve mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and long lasting peace, and to combat the rising phenomenon of Islamophobia.

During the meeting, which was held at UNESCO’s headquarters, both sides agreed to remain engaged as well as further strengthen bilateral cooperation on mutual issues, through the update of the OIC/UNESCO cooperation agreement signed in 1979.