By Syed Mussarat Khalil.
Makkah-tul-Mukarramah-The OIC Secretary General, Hissein Brahim Taha met with Prime Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Makkah-tul-Mukarrama, today.
As per a press release issued from Syed Hamza Salim Gilani press consular at consulate general Pakistan Jeddah the Prime Minister affirmed his government’s commitment to promoting the interests of the Muslim Ummah as a cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. He maintained that Pakistan, as the current Chair of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, was looking forward to playing a proactive role with regard to the matters of interest and concern to the OIC Member States.
The Prime Minister thanked the Secretary-General for OIC’s consistent and unequivocal support of the Kashmir cause. The Prime Minister thanked the Secretary-General for OIC’s consistent and unequivocal support of the Kashmir cause. He urged the Organization to lead the diplomatic endeavours towards facilitating a peaceful and lasting solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif invited the OIC to launch a concerted effort to stop the ongoing Israeli aggression against Al-Aqsa Mosque and other occupied Palestinian territories. He stressed that Israel must not be allowed to divide the blessed Mosque, temporally and spatially, between the peoples of a different faith.
The Prime Minister underscored the need for the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. He emphasized that the OIC should step up its efforts to counter growing Islamophobia at the international level.
The Prime Minister invited the Secretary-General to pay a visit to Pakistan. The Secretary-General accepted the invitation.
The Secretary-General reiterated his felicitations to the Prime Minister on his recent election and assumption of office. He also highlighted the important role that Pakistan has always played in the OIC as a founding member.
The Secretary-General reaffirmed the OIC’s support for a just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. He expressed resolve to work closely with Pakistan on key issues of concern to the Muslim Ummah, especially Palestine, Afghanistan and Islamophobia.
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