MANILA, Philippines —Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari has been appointed by President Duterte as Special Economic Envoy on Islamic Affairs to the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).
Chairman Nur’s appointment was announced during Duterte’s meeting with the members of the Peace Coordinating Committee (PCC) at the Matina Enclaves in Davao last Friday, the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said Saturday in a prepared statement.
“Brother Nur has occupied several positions in the past. Considered it as an honor for me to delegate you as a special envoy of the government so that you can foster further lasting relationships with the leaders of the Islamic countries,” the President was quoted as saying.
“Most of the leaders of the OIC are friends of Nur. It’s good that Allah has given you a longer life to see these things because I do not think that there is another Moro personality that could command the respect and trust of the OIC but only you. You are the only one who can bring the case to the OIC and get the results,” President Duterte added.
In accepting the appointment Chairman Nur said: “We are grateful to the President.”
For the first time, Duterte met members of the newly established government-MNLF Peace Coordinating Committee on which Duterte the OPAPP reported the “government and MNLF have agreed to pursue the implementation of the remaining commitments contained in the Tripartite Review Process of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement.”
“At least before I step down, I want to see an enduring peace in Mindanao,” Duterte said.
It may be recalled Duterte and Misuari met several times this year to discuss ways to further improve their partnership for sustainable peace in Mindanao.
Misuari will attend the annual meeting of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States in Burkina Faso in Western Africa from Jan. 21 to 23, 2020. Leaders of the OIC are set to visit the Philippines in February 2020.
President Duterte also said: “no one will be left behind in the peace process and everyone will be given equitable opportunity and be fair for all the people in the Bangsamoro.” (IAMIGO/CNS)