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The Pakistani Foreign Minister and the Secretary General of Islamic Cooperation discuss the agendas of the ministers of Islamabad

Islamabad (UNA) - Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi, today, Monday, in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, discussed with the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Hussein Ibrahim Taha, the agendas of the forty-eighth session of the Council of Foreign Ministers, and exchanged views on the main results expected from the meeting. They also discussed the issues facing the Islamic world, and the roles played by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in this regard, according to what was reported by the Pakistani News Agency. The Secretary-General of the Organization is visiting Pakistan to participate in the session hosted by Islamabad on March 22-23. The Pakistani Foreign Minister stressed the importance of this session for his country, given its coincidence with the celebrations of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the country's independence. He also shed light on the situation related to human rights in Jammu and Kashmir, expressing his appreciation for the expected positions of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in this regard, and its firm support for the Kashmir issue. The Foreign Minister welcomed the recent adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of a resolution designating March 15 as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia, praising the support provided by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and its member states to Pakistan’s initiative in this aspect. Qureshi praised the proposal to appoint a special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Islamophobia to help coordinate the work of the organization and its member states to address discrimination and stigma against Muslims around the world. Referring to the humanitarian and economic crises faced by the Afghan people, Qureshi stressed the importance of implementing the decisions taken at the special session of the Council of Foreign Ministers held in Islamabad on December 19 last year. In turn, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation affirmed the support of the General Secretariat of the Organization and its full cooperation during Pakistan’s presidency of the Council of Foreign Ministers. (I finish)

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