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    ICESCO and Australia Explore Prospects for Cooperation in Areas of Mutual Interest

    20 September 2023

    Dr. Abdelillah Benarafa, ICESCO Deputy Director-General, received Mr. Ridwaan Jadwat, First Assistant Secretary in the Middle East and Africa Division at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Australia’s Former Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in the presence of Mr. Michael Cutts, Ambassador of Australia to Morocco, to identify prospects of cooperation between ICESCO and Australia in areas of mutual interest.

    During the meeting, which took place at ICESCO Headquarters, in Rabat, on Tuesday 19 September 2023, Dr. Abdelillah Benarafa reaffirmed ICESCO’s openness, in light of its new vision and strategic orientations, to prospects aimed at publicizing the Islamic culture and civilization as well as the human values, promoting peace and security worldwide and denouncing hatred and extremism.

    Moreover, Dr. Benarafa pointed out that ICESCO welcomes non-member States to join as observers to support Islamic communities worldwide and strengthen cooperation with Muslim countries.

    For his part, Mr. Ridwaan Jadwat praised ICESCO’s roles and efforts, stressing his keenness to establish a fruitful partnership with ICESCO and the Islamic world.

    The meeting also saw the presence of Dr. Ahmed Said Bah, Advisor to the Organization’s Director-General for Partnerships and International Cooperation and supervisor of the General Secretariat for National Commissions and Conferences.

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