Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will pay a two-day visit to Niger to attend the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, the Foreign Minister said that after August 5, 2019, India’s illegal and unilateral actions and subsequent steps to change the demographic structure of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and increasing human rights violations in the Occupied Territories.
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
Shah Mehmood Qureshi will also highlight the growing incidence of Islamophobia and hate speech against Muslims and the need for unity in the Islamic world to combat Islamophobia and promote interfaith harmony, the statement said.
The Foreign Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with the heads of delegations of his counterparts/member countries.
Representatives of OIC member states and 5 observer states are expected to attend the meeting.
The two-day meeting focused on eradicating Islamophobia and insulting religions, including the Palestine, Jammu and Kashmir conflict, the situation of Muslim societies and minorities in non-Muslim states, the OIC 2025 action program and the promotion of cultural and religious dialogue Various issues will be discussed.
In a video message in this regard, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that there is a three-day meeting of OIC foreign ministers in Niger and he will have the honour of representing Pakistan.
He said that he would have a unique opportunity to discuss with his counterparts the important issues facing the Ummah at this time and he would present Pakistan’s point of view.
In his statement, he said that apart from this, there are various developments, a new government is coming to the United States while various developments have also taken place in the Middle East.
On Islamophobia, he said that Pakistan has a clear position on this issue which I will have the opportunity to discuss and I intend to present the views of the Prime Minister and the people of Pakistan at the OIC meeting.
It should be noted that OIC is the collective voice of the Muslim Ummah.
It is the second-largest international body after the United Nations, with 57 members and five observers. OIC membership is spread across four continents.
This organization has completed 50 years of its existence.
Pakistan is one of the founding members of the OIC and has actively participated in the goals and objectives of the OIC.
The meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers comes just days after media reports revealed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a secret visit to the northern Saudi city of Newem to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. This allegation was denied by Saudi Arabia.
Earlier, an agreement was reached with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize Israel’s relations, mediated by US President Donald Trump.
While Israel has hailed the agreement as a historic diplomatic achievement, Palestine has condemned it and called on Arab states to remain steadfast until Israel ends its occupation of Palestinian territory and the Palestinians. Agree to the establishment of the state.
On the other hand, Pakistan has reiterated that it is not reviewing its Israeli policy and has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s “statements in this context are very clear”.