Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General (DG) of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), met with His Excellency Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian President, in New York on Thursday, September 22, 2022.
During the meeting, Dr. AlMalik reviewed ICESCO’s new vision and strategic orientations, and the key programmes and activities that it is implementing to support the efforts of its Member States in advancing the fields of education, science and culture to keep pace with the rapid changes in the world.
ICESCO DG emphasized that the Organization places Palestine and Al-Quds at the forefront of its priorities, by supporting a set of programmes and projects aimed at developing the educational, cultural and scientific sectors in Palestine, and contributing to the protection and preservation of Palestinian historical sites and their inscription on the Islamic World Heritage Lists.
He also hailed the pioneering role played by the Palestinian National Commission for Education, Culture and Science.
For his part, the Palestinian President commended ICESCO’s role in advancing the educational, cultural and scientific fields in the countries of the Islamic world, including Palestine, in light of the Israeli occupation’s attacks on educational rights, mainly in Al-Quds, and on the cultural capabilities of the Palestinian people through blurring, distortion and forgery, as well as attempts to steal and alter the landmarks of Palestinian heritage and archaeological sites, in clear violation of all relevant international charters and treaties. He also highlighted the importance of ICESCO and other international organizations in protecting the right to education and preserving Palestinian heritage and culture.
The meeting brought together Mr. Ziad Abu Amr, Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Dawas Dawas, Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Chairman of ICESCO’s Executive Council, Ambassador Mr. Mounir Anastas, Permanent Delegate of Palestine to UNESCO, and Ms. Amira El Fadil, Head of ICESCO Partnerships and International Cooperation Sector.