CAIRO, Dec 23 (KUNA) -- A coordination meeting between the Arab League and Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) began here on Wednesday at the level of senior officials to develop a plan of action to deal with the attempts to distort the Arab and Islamic image.
The meeting, held at the Arab league headquarters, groups high ranked officials involved in political, media, international affairs and dialogue of civilizations in the two regional organizations.
Deputy Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ambassador Ahmed Ben Helli, said the coordination meeting was held in line with directives of the secretary generals of the two organizations, Amr Moussa and Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, and within the framework of implementation of the memorandum of cooperation between the two sides, to establish a joint plan of action on the US arena to correct the stereotyped image of Arabs and Muslims.
At the inaugration speech he said that the plan includes several elements and themes of media, cultural and political move by the American public and the organization of a joint seminar in America to deal with the stereotypical image of Arabs and Muslims outlined by the US media.
In that context, he expressed regret due to that these distorted stereotypes are at US field since the establishment of Israel and the contribution of the media hostile, pro-Israel as well as the negative role of the Jewish lobby in the formation of this negative image, which has increased after the events of September 11 2001.
For his part, the Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs of the Organization of Islamic Conference, Ambassador Abdullah Alam stressed the importance of the joint Arab-Muslim moving toward the US fields as well as European arenas to meet the fierce campaign against Islam and Muslims, that was launched by the different parties.
Furthermore, Alam stressed the importance of combating Islam-phobia and the campaigns being held against Islam and Muslims, which relates them to terrorism.