OIC Condemns Hostage-Taking Crime in France
24/03/2018- The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) issued a strong condemnation of the hostage-taking event witnessed in Southern France on Friday, 23 March 2018, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.
The OIC Secretary General, Dr. Yousef A. Al Othaimeen, considered the hostage-taking operation a criminal act. He expressed his solidarity with the French Government and stressed the OIC’s unwavering stand against all forms and manifestations of terrorism and violent extremism regardless of their motives and justifications, noting that terrorism has no religion and no nationality.
The OIC Secretary General expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims and to the French Government and people and wished speedy recovery to the wounded. Also, the Secretary General underlined the need for broad cooperation and coordination in the fight against terrorism intellectually and on the ground, as well as for collective action to address the causes that may underlie the evil phenomenon of terrorism, and affirmed the OIC’s perseverant action in this regard and its call for action to dry up the sources of terrorism and combat violent extremism.