Kashmir and Palestine foremost on OIC’s agenda, says special envoy
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)’s Special Envoy for Jammu and Kashmir Ambassador Yousef M. Al Dobeay said on Tuesday that the “OIC has always strongly supported the resolution of the Kashmir issue and the resolution of both Kashmir and Palestine issues stand at the top of OIC’s agenda.”
He made these remarks during a press conference with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad on Tuesday.
The special envoy is part of a six-member delegation that reached Pakistan on Monday for a five-day visit to witness the destruction and sufferings caused by ceasefire violations by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC).
“The issue of Kashmir is very close to our heart and all members are on the same page regarding its resolution,” Radio Pakistan quoted him as saying. He added that a detailed report on Indian-occupied Kashmir will be presented to the office of the secretary general on his return.
Qureshi expresses hope OIC “will create room for Pakistan’s expectations”
Qureshi said that Pakistanis have certain expectations from the OIC and expressed the hope that it will not disappoint them.
The foreign minister also expressed the hope that Al Dobeay will “make [the organisation] more aware [about Kashmir] and tell them the expectations of the Pakistani people” after his tour of the country.
Qureshi said that during his meeting with Al Dobeay, he made him “aware of the expectations the people of Pakistan have from the OIC and the importance they give to it.”
“Pakistan is one of the founding members of the OIC. We were convinced of its importance before and we are convinced of it today.”
Qureshi revealed that he had told the Saudi foreign minister during an earlier meeting that “the [Kashmir] matter is so serious and it has such importance that an extraordinary session of the foreign ministers should happen. We believe this is the minimum requirement keeping in view the conditions.”