ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has called upon the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to make concerted efforts for the promotion of shared values, safeguarding the interests of Muslim community worldwide and promoting solidarity among its member states.
He assured that Pakistan would continue to play a constructive and dynamic role in re-invigorating the OIC on all contemporary challenges faced by the Muslim community.
The president said this during his interaction with ambassadors and high commissioners of OIC countries at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday. Welcoming the OIC envoys, the president said that Pakistan, with its legacy rooted in the Islamic faith and its consistent support for the Muslim causes, was a founding member of the OIC. Pakistan had always worked to promote and support legitimate causes of the Muslim community, such as the Palestinian conflict, Jammu and Kashmir dispute, Cyprus and the rights of Muslim minorities in non-OIC countries, he added. The president reiterated that Pakistan supported all efforts aimed at strengthening unity among the Islamic countries, which he said, would enable the OIC to achieve its full potential as the united voice of the Muslim community.
He also appreciated the support of OIC member countries for the election of Ambassador Naeem Khan of Pakistan to the post of OIC assistant secretary general and said this would further promote and strengthen “our already existing cooperation at the OIC.”
The president thanked the envoys for active participation of delegations from OIC member states in the First Forum of OIC Ombudsmen held in Islamabad in April this year and expressed the hope that the interaction would lead to long-term arrangements to energies efforts to accomplish the goal of good governance, justice and social peace through effective ombudsmanship in brotherly countries. On the issue of Palestine, the president said that Pakistan would continue to lend its unconditional support for the peaceful and just struggle of the Palestinian people and their right to self-determination and establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.
Appreciating the OIC’s consistent support for the legitimate cause of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the president welcomed the efforts of special representative of the secretary general (SRSG) on Jammu and Kashmir and expressed the hope that he would intensify his efforts aimed at the peaceful resolution of the issue.
The OIC envoys, who were present at the meeting, included Ambassador of Kazakhstan Bakhytbek Shabarbayev, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain Mohamed Ebrahim Mohamed Abdulqader, Ambassador of Yemen Abdo Ali Abdul Rahman, Ambassador of Algeria Ahmed Benflis, Ambassador of Tunisia Mourad Bourehla, Ambassador of Kuwait Nawaf Abdulaziz Alenzi, High Commissioner of Bangladesh Suhrab Hossain, Ambassador of Iraq Dr Rushdi Mahmood Rasheed Al-Ani, Ambassador of Egypt
Said Mohamed Elsaid Hindam, Ambassador of Sudan Alshafie Ahmed Mohamed Eltahir, High Commissioner of Malaysia Dr Hasral Sani Mujtabar, Ambassador of Turkmenistan
Atadjan Movlamov, Ambassador of Jordan Nawaf Khalifeh Ibrahim Saraireh, Ambassador of Azerbaijan Dashqin Shikarov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan Parviz Aliev, Ambassador of Oman Riyadh Yousuf Ahmed Al-Raisi, High Commissioner of Nigeria Dauda Danladi, Ambassador of Palestine Walid AM Abu Ali, Ambassador of Indonesia Muhammad Burhan Muhammad, Ambassador of Tajikistan Sherali Jononov Said Amirovoch, Ambassador of Morocco Mustapha Salahdine, Ambassador of Lebanon Mona Adnan El Tanir, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam Col (r) Haji Ra’emi Maleek bin Haji Abdul Wahab, Ambassador of Turkey Sadik Babur Girgin and Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina Nedim Makarevic.
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