Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will depart today for Niger, where he will head the Pakistani delegation at the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to be held in Niamey on 27-28 November.
FM @SMQureshiPTI will lead #Pakistan’s delegation to 47th Session of CFM of @OIC_OCI in #Niamey 🇳🇪 on 27-28 Nov.
FM will highlight aggravating HR situation in #IIOJK, rising incidents of Islamophobia & hate speech against Muslims & emphasize the need for unity of Islamic world. pic.twitter.com/YCcDzK2I6X
— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) November 25, 2020
Qureshi According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office (FO) on Wednesday, in the wake of India’s unconstitutional and unilateral intervention on August 5, 2019 and subsequent steps to change the demographic composition of the territory, the foreign minister will highlight the human rights and humanitarian situation in occupied Kashmir.
Qureshi will also highlight rising Islamophobia incidents and hate speech against Muslims and highlight the need for the unity of the Islamic world to tackle the menace of Islamophobia and foster peace between faiths,’ the statement said.
The Minister will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts/heads of member state delegations on the sidelines, the FO added.
The conference is scheduled to be attended by the delegates of 57 OIC member states and five observer states.
“During the two-day session, the council will discuss a wide range of issues confronting the Muslim world with particular focus on combating Islamophobia and defamation of religions, Palestine, Jammu and Kashmir dispute and the situation of Muslim communities and minorities in non-OIC states,” the FO said.
The meeting will also address the OIC 2025 Plan of Action and various issues pertaining to the fostering of dialogue between civilizations, society and religion. The Council will also host a brainstorming session on “Safety and Humanitarian Challenges Facing OIC Members of the African Sahel States,” the statement added.
The OIC is the Muslim Ummah’s universal voice. It is the second largest international body after the United Nations. The OIC membership encompasses four continents with 57 members and five observers.
The association has finished its 50 years of operation. Pakistan is one of the OIC’s founder members and has consistently contributed to the OIC’s aims and priorities.
Days after media reports emerged that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had made a covert visit to the northern Saudi town of Neom to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Council of Foreign Ministers’ meeting was rejected by the monarchy.
The storeys sparked a storm of commentary about what may have been a big move forward in the Arab world’s relationship with Israel.
The normalisation of Israel’s relations with the UAE and Bahrain, called the Abraham Accords, has been brokered by US President Donald Trump, who will leave office less than two months after his latest election loss.
There has been talk that before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in, Washington will lobby for other Arab states to join the agreements. Sudan has also agreed to normalise relations with Israel in principle.
Although Israel welcomed the deals as landmark political arrangements, they were condemned by the Palestinians and urged Arab states to stay strong until Israel ceases its colonisation of the Palestinian territories and decides to create a Palestinian state.