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OIC Foreign Ministers to Discuss Challenges Facing the Muslim World

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi greets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi upon his arrival at the Foreign Ministry on Monday.—APP

ISLAMABAD: The 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) opens here on Tuesday (today) to discuss challenges facing the Muslim world and emerging opportunities .

The two-day annual meeting of the 57-member body from Muslim countries is held under the theme “Building Partnerships for Unity, Justice and Development”. Around 46 Member States will be represented at ministerial level at the meeting. The rest will be represented by senior officials.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a tweet welcoming the participants to the meeting, said, “Under the general theme of ‘unity, justice and development’, the OIC-CFM will have wide-ranging deliberations.”

Senior representatives from the United Nations and other international bodies, including the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council, will also attend the meeting.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi would also attend as a special guest

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is attending the meeting as a special guest. It is the first time that a Chinese foreign minister will attend a meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers’ Council.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said China’s participation in the event and interactions with member states will further strengthen their commitment.

Besides China, foreign ministers are expected to discuss OIC cooperation with the United Nations, the Russian Federation and the European Union.

The agenda of the meeting focuses on a review of developments affecting the Muslim world since the last CFM held in Niamey in 2020 and the efforts undertaken by the secretariat for the implementation of the resolutions adopted during the previous sessions in particular on Palestine. and Al Quds.

Participants will also deliberate on the situation in Afghanistan and Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting, the OIC said, represented “the second most important activity of the OIC after the extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers held last December on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan”.

The Kashmir issue will also be discussed at a meeting of the Jammu and Kashmir Contact Group on the sidelines of the event.

Issues relating to Africa and Muslims in Europe and developments in Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Syria will also be discussed at the meeting.

The agenda further includes Islamophobia and issues related to international terrorism and cooperation in the economic, cultural, social, humanitarian and scientific fields.

The Islamabad ministerial meeting, the foreign ministry said, would consider and adopt more than 100 resolutions on a wide range of issues, including peace and security; economic development; cultural and scientific cooperation; and humanitarian, legal, administrative and financial matters.

Pakistan, he said, had been a strong supporter of the OIC. Pakistan, he recalled, has been instrumental in cementing bonds of unity and solidarity, upholding respect for the principles of international law and fostering economic, scientific and cultural partnerships.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan hailed Azerbaijan’s contribution to the OIC, especially as an active member of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, who met with him on Monday, Prime Minister Khan expressed the desire to further expand brotherly relations with emphasis on the bilateral trade, tourism and people-to-people contacts. While noting the strong and solid defense ties between Pakistan and Azerbaijan, Mr. Khan commended the leadership and people of Azerbaijan for the liberation of their occupied territories, and appreciated Azerbaijan’s efforts in pursuing the goal of peace and prosperity in the South Caucasus, the media wing of the Prime Minister’s Office said. said in a statement.

Mr. Hasanov conveyed the Azerbaijani President’s greetings to the Prime Minister.

He informed that a contingent of Azerbaijan Armed Forces will participate in the Pakistan National Day parade on March 23.

Posted in Dawn, March 22, 2022