Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Pakistan proposes holding a ministerial conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to discuss the establishment of structures for peace and security

Islamabad (UNA) - Foreign Minister Alba Kistani Shah Mehmood Qureshi proposed holding an OIC ministerial conference during the period 2022-2023 to assess the need to establish a peace and security structure similar to all other regional organizations. This came at the start of the forty-eighth session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Islamic Cooperation, which kicked off today, Tuesday, in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The Pakistani Foreign Minister stressed that the time has come for the Islamic world to formulate a collective response, whether to challenges within its geographical scope, or to changes at the global level. The Pakistani foreign minister said: We have to be a reliable partner in shaping unity, justice and development in all parts of the world. He stressed that the time has come to strengthen the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and prepare it to deal with the contemporary challenges and conflicts facing the Islamic Ummah, referring in this regard to the struggles the Islamic world is suffering in the Middle East, and prolonged foreign occupation with the denial of the right to self-determination, especially for the peoples of Palestine and Kashmir. . He warned of the danger of leaving these conflicts unaddressed on the unity and solidarity of Islamic countries, considering that failure to address conflicts may also lead to feeding terrorism and extremism, and diverting attention from development goals. The Pakistani Foreign Minister called for addressing the spread of the phenomenon of Islamophobia facing Muslim minorities, welcoming the declaration by the United Nations General Assembly of March 15 as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia. He said that Pakistan is pleased to have played a role in obtaining consensus on this important issue, indicating that by celebrating this day, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will work to raise global awareness of Islamophobia and provide solutions through collective action. He emphasized partnership for development by effectively addressing the triple global crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, development, and climate change. The Pakistani foreign minister praised the leadership role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as chair of the Islamic Summit, describing the Organization of Islamic Cooperation as the unifying voice of nearly two billion Muslims, and a communication bridge between Islamic countries and the international community. He highlighted the recent collective achievements made within the framework of the OIC to address the Afghan situation, including the convening of the Emergency Council of Foreign Ministers meeting on Afghanistan last December, the establishment of the Afghanistan Humanitarian Trust Fund, the appointment of a Special Envoy of the OIC Secretary General, and the launch of the Security Program food in Afghanistan. For his part, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Hussein Ibrahim Taha, stressed the need for all member states to make tangible efforts to address the challenges facing the Islamic world, referring in this regard to the illegal Israeli occupation and forced colonization of their lands that the Palestinian people are facing. He stressed that the Israeli measures represent a flagrant violation of international laws and United Nations resolutions for the settlement of the Palestinian cause. With regard to the Afghan issue, the Secretary-General called for more efforts to achieve stability and peace, describing the establishment of the Humanitarian Trust Fund to support Afghanistan as another effort by Member States to provide financial and humanitarian support to the Afghan people. The Secretary-General said that combating terrorism is an absolute priority for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, calling for protecting the rights of children, women and the family, and building the capabilities of Muslim youth in the fields of science, technology and modern education. In his speech, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan touched on the issues of Palestine and Kashmir, calling on member states to unite in the face of global changes. He also stressed the need to work to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan after 40 years of conflict and suffering, warning that the country may witness a humanitarian crisis, stressing that the stability of Afghanistan is the only solution to stop international terrorism from the territory of Afghanistan.

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