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OIC urges world to assist Kingdom in anti-terror fight

By JT - Feb 16,2015 - Last updated at Feb 16,2015

AMMAN — The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned the crime committed by the Daesh terror group, which killed Jordanian pilot Muath Kasasbeh describing it as "barbaric" and "heinous". 

In an emergency meeting held in Jeddah, member states reaffirmed their solidarity with His Majesty King Abdullah, the government and people of Jordan. 

They also praised the sacrifices of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army in its efforts to counter terrorism and extremism and urged the international community to work with Jordanian authorities to bring the terrorist militants to justice, according to a communiqué issued after the Sunday meeting. 

OIC also stressed that the crimes committed by Daesh are against Islam and universal human values and that such crimes can be perpetrated only by radical extremists.

The meeting also condemned terrorist acts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and Nigeria, as attendants expressed serious concerns over the increase of intolerance and discrimination against Muslims resulting in Islamophobia. 

In light of recent events, the meeting called for urgent actions that include partnerships with international organisations to counter terrorism, helping affected countries and empowering the youth and other communities at risk to fight against exploitation by terrorist groups.

OIC, formerly Organisation of the Islamic Conference, is the second largest inter-governmental organisation after the United Nations which has membership of 57 Islamic states spread over four continents, according to their website. 

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