Pakistan has assumed the chairmanship of the 48th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers currently in progress at the parliament house in Islamabad.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is chairing the session.

In his opening remarks, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged the OIC to forge a collective response to meet challenges faced by the Muslim Ummah. He said the OIC is the collective voice of nearly two billion Muslims. It is a bridge amongst the Muslim countries and the international community. Promoting solidarity and cooperation within the Muslim Ummah is one of the central pillars of Pakistan’s foreign policy. He said Pakistan’s overarching goal as chairman of the 48th session of the OIC meeting shall be to further solidify the cooperation amongst the Muslim countries.

Alluding to the situation in Palestine and Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the Muslims of Palestine and the occupied Jammu and Kashmir are still reeling under subjugation. He said we must go beyond adopting resolutions and take concrete steps towards the permanent solutions of these disputes.

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