World renowned Islamic experts, scholars visit Xinjiang region

BEIJING: A delegation of world-renowned Islamic experts and scholars recently paid a visit to the Xinjiang Uyghur Au-tonomous Region at the invita-tion of the local government, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Friday.
Led by Chairman of World Muslim Communities Council, Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, the visiting team composed of more than 30 members from 14 countries, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mauritania, Tunisia, South Sudan and Serbia, he said during his regular briefing held at Inter-national Press Center (IPC).
During the trip, the delegation visited Urumqi, Altay and Kashgar, saw an exhibition on counter-terrorism and de-radicalization and visited mosques, the Xinjiang Islamic Institute, local companies and old streets and towns.
They also visited Uyghur families, prayed together with local Muslims at a mosque and participated with locals in a workshop on rural revitalization and poverty alleviation, he added.
The spokesperson informed that members of the delegation said they were deeply impressed by Xinjiang’s achieve-ment in development and stabil-ity over the past decade. hey saw a safe, prosperous and stable

Xinjiang where Muslims can freely exercise their ethnic and religious rights, and people from all ethnic backgrounds live in harmony as equals.

The Chinese government has made enormous efforts to protect Xinjiang’s multi-ethnic culture. China’s counter-terrorism and de-radicalization poli-cies have been very successful and delivered benefits to people of all ethnic groups.

Wang said that members of the delegation said that what they saw in Xinjiang is entirely different from what has been painted by some media, and the accusations against Xinjiang’s human rights situation and so-called Uyghur cultural genocide are nothing but distortion of facts. The Islamic civiliza-tion and the Chinese civilization have interacted with each other amicably throughout the ages.

They members of the delegation expressed readiness to deepen cooperation between the Islamic world and China and firmly support China’s position on Xinjiang-related issues, he added.

“Seeing is believing. People can tell right from wrong. The experience of the world-renowned Islamic religious figures in Xinjiang once again shows that truth will not be hidden by lies, and those who seek to smear China by manipulating Xinjiang-related issues will not have their way,” they commented.

The spokesperson said that China welcomes friends from all countries to visit Xinjiang and experience first-hand Xin-jiang’s social stability, eco-nomic prosperity, ethnic harmony and freedom of belief. –Agencies