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Egyptian foreign minister arrives in Islamabad to attend OIC FM meeting


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ISLAMABAD: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has arrived in Islamabad to attend 48th session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers.

He was welcomed by Special Representative on Religious Harmony Allama Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi.

Speaking on the occasion, Allama Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi said Pakistan and Egypt were tied in brotherly relations. “The Egyptian foreign minister is visiting Pakistan after 24 years and we warmly welcome him,” he said.

The special representative said the OIC conference would discuss the issues faced by Muslim Ummah and help provide a roadmap for their resolution.

Read more: Flawless administrative, security arrangements made for OIC FMs meeting: FO

The Egyptian FM expressed the hope that the conference would help achieving progress for the Muslim world.

Pakistan is all set to host two-day meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC in Islamabad from March 22.

The 48th summit will be convened under the theme: “Building Partnerships for Unity, Justice, and Development.”

In a tweet, Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said the session will coincide with 75th anniversary celebrations of the Pakistan Day.

He said Pakistan had invited the worthy guests to attend the Pakistan Day parade on March 23 and witness the professional capability of Pakistan’s armed forces and the traditional floats of all the provinces, reflecting the national unity.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the OIC said the session would address many topics and the activities of the OIC General Secretariat on implementing the resolutions adopted on various issues in the Islamic world, including the issue of Palestine and Al-Quds.

The statement further said the summit would also discuss developments in Afghanistan and its humanitarian consequences for the Afghan people, and the prevailing situation in Indian illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The statement further said many African issues will also be on the summit’s agenda, including the situation in Mali, the Sahel region, and Lake Chad, and the situation in Central Africa and the Republic of Guinea.

It said the OIC Foreign Ministers will also discuss developments in Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, and other regions during the summit.

For this crucial meeting, the Parliament House has been selected as the venue, where the plenary sessions will be held.

Meanwhile, talking to newsmen in Islamabad, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the OIC session was significant as it was being held at an important phase when the Muslim Ummah was confronted with a host of challenges, including the Kashmir and Palestine issues.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said various global challenges like economic contraction and its fallout, and climate change, would also come under consideration.

More than 100 resolutions would be considered during the session.

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