OIC conference: Saudi FM calls for a fair Kashmir solution
PM Khan emphasizes the need to combat Islamophobia
Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, in his address to the OIC foreign ministers summit in Islamabad, has called for a just and fair resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
The 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has formally started in Islamabad.
The two-day session from March 22 to March 23 is being held at the Parliament House.
Bin Farhan also called for the resolution of the Palestine issue. Saudi Arabia supports the role of Islamic countries for the peace in Afghanistan, he said emphasizing that Afghan soil should not be used as a launchpad for terrorism.
The Saudi foreign minister called for steps to end the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
Discussing the Yemen conflict, to which Saudi Arabia is a party, the foreign minister said that growing violence by the Houthi rebels was undermining the peace efforts. Saudi Arabia is trying to stop the foreign military aid to Houthis, but it supports the efforts to provide humanitarian aide for the country, he said.
OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha has also called for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute according got the UN resolutions.
He said Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed region, contrary to the claims by New Delhi which calls it an integral part of India.
The OIC secretary-general called for the cessation of hostilities in Yemen and told the conference that talks would be held in Saudi Arabia on the issue later this month.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said it was time for the Muslim Ummah to forge a collective response to the current turmoil inside its borders and the ongoing global transition.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has delivered the keynote address and said that the Muslim world must combat the negative image of Muslims which is fueling Islamophobia.
He also takes about Kashmir and Palestine and reminded the Islamic world that India is changing the demography in Kashmir.
According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, the theme of the conference is “Partnering for Unity, Justice and Development.”
Foreign ministers and high-level delegations from 57 Muslim countries will attend the summit. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend the summit as a Special Guest. Senior officials from non-OIC countries and representatives from the United Nations, the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council will also participate.
The dignitaries will also attend the March 23 Pakistan Day Parade as Guests of Honour.
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