MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Founding Chairman Nur Misuari as Special Economic Envoy on Islamic Affairs to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) confirmed.
The President announced Misuari’s appointment during the first meeting on Sunday (December 15) of the newly created PH Government-MNLF PEACE Coordinating Committee where the remaining commitments under the Tripartite Review Process (TRP) of the 1996 Final Peace Agreements.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) together with the Philippine Government and the MNLF created the TRP in January 2016 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Duterte explained that his appointment of Nur Misuari will facilitate the speedy implementation of peace agreements between the government and the Moro fronts and eventually obtain the support from Islamic countries given that most of the leaders of the OIC are friends with Misuari.
Misuari is expected to attend the annual meeting of the parliamentary union of the OIC-member states happening in Burkina Faso in Western Africa from January 21 to 23, 2020.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the OIC is set to visit the Philippines in February 2020.
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