Saudi Arabia reluctant to support OIC ministers' meeting on Kashmir issue

Saudi Arabia reluctant to support OIC ministers' meeting on Kashmir issue

Posted on Feb 6, 2020

The meeting of senior officials of the Islamic Cooperation Organization (OIC) began February 9, where senior diplomatic sources say a request of Pakistan for an urgent meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (CFM) of Saudi Arabi, reluctant to accept

Prime Minister Imran Khan also addressed the think tank during a visit to Malaysia and expressed disappointment at the OIC's silence on the Kashmir issue.

"This is because we have no voice and we are divided, we cannot even have a voice in the OIC on the Kashmir issue," he said.

It should be noted that Pakistan has been making efforts to seek the Foreign Ministers' Meeting since its affiliation with Kashmir, India, in the 57-member block of other major international organizations, Muslim countries, in August last year.

However, since then a contact group meeting on Kashmir has been held in the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York and the human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir by the OIC's Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission. Despite the report on, no progress has been made for the CFM meeting.

External Affairs Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi highlighted the importance of the CFM meeting during a recent press conference, saying that it was important for a clear message from the Umma on the Kashmir issue.

Riaz's support is vital to any initiative in the OIC.

Saudi Arabia has made several offers to avoid CFM, including parliamentary forums or speakers' conference of Muslim countries, and a joint meeting on the issue of Palestine and Kashmir, according to sources.

However, Pakistan remains firm on its proposal.

Islamabad's position is that the speaker's meeting is not equal to the seriousness of the situation in occupied Kashmir. Secondly, in Islamabad, some are worried that the speaker will use the forum against Riyadh Iran because Saudi Arabia's speaker Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim al-Shaykh has put together some of his counterparts in this regard.

It should be noted here that Turkey, Malaysia and Iran have clearly rejected India's affiliation with Kashmir and have expressed concern over the brutality of Indian forces in the occupied valley.

In addition, there are also concerns that discussing any issue with the Palestinian issue on Kashmir will slow down the issue on Kashmir.

However, immediately after Pakistan's absence at the Kuala Lumpur summit, Riaz showed resilience over the CFM proposal, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan visited both Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Prime Minister Khan during a visit to Islamabad in December. This was indicated by the demand for Saudi support for the summit.

The Saudi Foreign Minister came here to thank the Pakistani leadership for staying away from the Malaysia summit because of their concerns.

The resilience of Saudi Arabia remained for a short period of time and soon went back to its position with regard to the CFM meeting on the issue of Riyadh Kashmir.

Foreign Minister said that Islamabad had expressed a desire to seek a meeting to reduce tensions with the Persian Gulf after the assassination of Iranian commander General Qasim Sulaimani during a visit to Saudi Arabia, but so far he has not received any positive response. Have found.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi recently said he hoped Saudi Arabia would not 'disappoint us'.

As usual, preparations for the 47th CFM meeting are underway in Jeddah and it is expected that general resolutions on the Kashmir issue will be included on the agenda during the meeting scheduled for April in Nigeria, but it has no special focus on the voice of Kashmiris. Not the one who has been facing lockdown for 185 days since Article 370 was abolished


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