Cairo: Saudi Arabia has voiced concern over the growth of Islamophobia and increasing hatred towards Muslims in some parts of the world.
The concern was expressed by the permanent representative of the kingdom for the UN Ambassador Abdullah Bin Yahia Al Mullami during the virtual meeting of the ambassadors for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in New York led by the permanent representative of the UAE for the UN Ambassador to head to the UN Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh .
The Saudi diplomat stressed the need to confront “practices of discrimination and racism” against Muslims and the persecution they experienced, the Saudi SPA news agency reported.
He was referring to the Meccan Declaration, which was released at the end of the Islamic summit held in the holy city last year, saying he was promoting a culture of dialogue and proving Islamic tolerance.
“The kingdom supports the establishment of Islamic countries within the OIC to reject discrimination and racism committed against Muslims in several countries,” Al Muallami said.
Addressing the same meeting was Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN Ambassador Munir Akram, who briefed the conference participants on improvements in Islamophobia and hatred towards Muslims in a number of European countries. He cited incidents of discrimination carried out by several right-wing parties in Europe which pushed to deport Muslim immigrants amid a global coronavirus pandemic.
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