Egyptian minister lauds RP’s commitment to international peace and security

March 17, 2010 10:57 pm 

MANILA, March 17 –- The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) commended the Philippines for its commitment to promote international peace and security with the hosting of the first Special Non-Aligned Movement Ministerial Meeting (SNAMMM) on Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace and Development.

”The commitment of the Philippines to the promotion of international peace and security is unmistakably evident, be it among states or peoples,” said Dr. Mahmoud Hamdy Zakzouk, the chair of the Non-Aligned Movement, during the Wednesday’s formal opening of the interfaith dialogue at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

”The Philippines has played a fundamental role over the years in furthering respect of the purposes and principles of the United Nations charter and those of the movement. On top of these come the principles of non-use of force in international relations and promotion of dialogue among peoples, civilizations, cultures and religions,” the Egyptian official added.

Zakzouk, Minister of Awqaf (Religious Affairs) of the Arab Republic of Egypt, also recognized the Philippines’ launching of the Tripartite Forum on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace in 2006.

”The continued progress and expansion of the Tripartite Forum attests the Philippines’ dedication to bring such an important issue to the forefront of the international community’s agenda,” he said.

He added that the presence of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) secretary general Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki and the video message sent by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon as well as the big participation of more than 120 government delegates in the SNAMMM reflects the country’s role in promoting interfaith dialogue.

Zakzouk said Egypt is confident that the outcome document of the Manila Declaration “will greatly contribute to enhancing dialogue on the international, regional and natural levels on how to overcome misapprehensions and promote tolerance and mutual respect.”

”The NAM is well poised to take the lead in warding off the forces of extremism and harness the powerful dynamism of cultural diversity for cooperation for peace and development,” he said.

After his speech, Zakzouk handed over the chairmanship of SNAMMM on Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace and Development to Philippines’ Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo.

”I wish him great success,” Zakzouk said.

Meanwhile, Zakzouk congratulated President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the country’s successful rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts from the devastations brought by two typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng last year.

”I wish to seize this opportunity to commend you Madame President for the success of the reconstruction efforts carried out by the government of the Philippines,” he said.

Zakzouk reiterated the strong commitment of the NAM member countries to continue to support the Philippines’ rehabilitation works. (PNA) V3/jfm

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