CANBERRA – Australia has re-appointed an Special Envoy to OIC with the aim and objective to enhance ties with the Islamic states including those from Pacific region as well as Middle East and Africa.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made the announcement on September 3, 2015 regarding reappointment of Mr Ahmed Fahour as Australia’s Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

In a media statement issued by the Minister for Foreign Affairs added that “The re-appointment of Mr Fahour reflects Australia’s firm commitment to our relationship with the OIC, and our long-standing bonds with OIC members, including countries in the Indo-Pacific region and across the Middle East.”

Mr Fahour, a most experience personality popular among Islamic and Arab community is expected to identify opportunities for further cooperation with the OIC to advance our interests, including countering violent extremism, promoting interfaith dialogue and boosting trade relations with member nations.

Mr Fahour was first appointed as Australia’s OIC Special Envoy in June 2011. He brings extensive experience to the role of Special Envoy, including as former Chairman of the Council for Australian Arab Relations.

Mr Fahour’s role is in addition to his current position as Managing Director and Group CEO of Australia Post.