Oman hosts Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers

Muscat, Nov. 2 (BNA): Deliberations of the 9th session of the Islamic Conference for Culture Ministers will begin here on Monday under the auspices of Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al-Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture in the presence of Dr. Abdulaziz bin Othman al-Tuwaijri, Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), ministers of culture in the Islamic world and heads of their countries' delegations. 

The Sultanate's host to the three-day conference comes as part of the program to celebrate Nizwa the Capital of Islamic Culture. It is expected that the Islamic delegations will take part in the opening ceremony of the Cultural Centre in Nizwa, the prominent project among the city's celebrations, according to Oman News Agency (ONA). 

The conference carries the theme "Towards Intermediary Developmental Culture for the Advancement of Islamic Societies". The culture ministers of the Islamic world will hold tomorrow a panel discussion "round table" to discuss the theme of the meeting in a bid to reach recommendations that would advance the Arab and Islamic peoples far away from extremism and towards the required intermediation. 

Selecting this theme for the conference comes in line with the major civilized role being made by the Sultanate in disseminating the culture of peace and harmony, rejecting extremism and hatred among various nations. 

The first session of the conference will represent the conference office that will be responsible for running the discussions, extracting the recommendations and drafting the communique. 

The heads of the delegations will deliver their speeches to review the national reports of their countries on their efforts within the framework of implementing the cultural strategy of the Islamic world. 

The ISESCO Director General will also present a report on the strategy and the ISESCO efforts in the project of dialogue, cultural variety and responding to the media campaigns deforming the image of Islam and Muslims, ONA reported.
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