OIC Calls for ‘Restraint in South Asia

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ISLAMABAD — The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday called for “restraint and de-escalation” in South Asia and reaffirmed its “unwavering support for the Kashmiri people in their just cause”, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said.

In a resolution adopted by the 46th session of Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), the OIC member states reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir remains the core dispute between Pakistan and India and its resolution is indispensable for the dream for peace in South Asia, the FO said.

The OIC is a grouping of 57 countries, majority of which are Muslim. It has often sided with Islamabad on the Kashmir issue.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended the inaugural plenary session on Friday. She was the first Indian minister to address the OIC meeting.

India’s participation came despite strong demand by Pakistan to rescind the invitation to Swaraj to address the grouping which was turned down by the host UAE, resulting in Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi boycotting the plenary.

According to Pakistani statement, the OIC resolution has condemned in the strongest terms the recent “wave of Indian terrorism in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir”.

The resolution, as per the FO, also reminded the international community of its obligation to ensure implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

The OIC resolution on regional peace and security in South Asia also welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s renewed offer of dialogue to India and the goodwill gesture of handing over the Indian pilot.

The resolution called for restraint and de-escalation as well as the need to resolve outstanding issues through peaceful means.


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