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OIC foreign ministers meet in Islamabad

The foreign ministers of the Jeddah-based Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) concluded their 34th conference in Islamabad, Pakistan yesterday. The conference was dubbed the “Session of Peace, Progress and Harmony.”

In the Declaration, the ministers expressed resolve to speedily finalize reform of the OIC, including restructuring and a revised charter. They also strongly denounced terrorism in all its forms.

The Declaration also addressed a number of international issues. It welcomed the renewal of the Arab Peace Initiative, and expressed determination to continue pursuing a just and comprehensive settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

On Iraq, the foreign ministers emphasized the importance of restoring peace and stability to the country, and expressed support for efforts to promote national reconciliation, the eradication of violence, Iraq’s national unity and the earliest possible withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq.

Regarding Lebanon, the OIC foreign ministers emphasized that Lebanon’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence must be fully respected. They offered full support to Lebanon and its reconstruction.

On Kashmir, the ministers reaffirmed support for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and their right to self-determination in keeping with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

Turning to Iran, the ministers called for a reduction of tension and the resolution of differences regarding Iran’s nuclear program through dialogue. The ministers expressed opposition to the use of force, which would further destabilize the region.

In the Declaration, the ministers also expressed support for national reconciliation efforts in Sudan, and called on the international community to support these efforts and provide humanitarian assistance to the Sudanese people, particularly in Darfur.