Saudi foreign minister calls for just solution of Kashmir issue

Urges Taliban to ensure Afghan soil is not used for terrorism: OIC secy-general for concerted efforts to tackle contemporary challenges

By: News Desk
Published: 02:13 PM, 22 Mar, 2022
Prince Faisal bin Farhan
Caption: Faisal bin Farhan addressed the 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers
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Calling for the just solution of the Kashmir issue, Foreign Minister (FM) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud on Tuesday demanded that ‘justice’ be provided to the people of the Indian occupied Kashmir, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

In his address to the foreign minister’s meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad, he said that Pakistan’s efforts against Islamophobia were praiseworthy.

However, at the same time, he stressed the need for making more efforts on this front. 

Prince Faisal was of the view that the Islamic countries would have to ensure collaboration in order to surmount different challenges

Commenting on the situation in Afghanistan, Saudi FM said there was a need for a dialogue and reconciliation for peace in the country. 

Acknowledging that lots of steps were required to end humanitarian crisis in the landlocked country, he, however, called upon the Taliban to make sure that terrorism was not sponsored from the Afghan soil.  

He went on to add that Saudi Arabia, too, wanted a stronger and robust OIC.  

Prince Faisal told the gathering that his country supported the people of Palestine’s right to have an independent state. 

He asked the Houthis in Yemen to stop smuggling of weapons, attacks on Saudi Arabia as well as on its allied countries and ensure peace in the seas. 

At the same time, he added, the kingdom was ensuring the provision of assistance to the people of Yemen on humanitarian grounds.  

OIC chief for concerted efforts to tackle challenges

OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha Tuesday stressed upon making of concerted efforts by all the OIC member states to tackle the various challenges being faced by the Muslim Ummah.

Addressing the inaugural session of the OIC-Council of Foreign Ministers, he said that the 48th session was being held under the theme of ‘Partnership to build unity, justice and development’, and called for making of the joint efforts to realize the collective objectives of the OIC.

About the Kashmir issue, he said it had not found solution for a very long time. Terming the Indian government’s acts of August 5, 2019 by changing the status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir as violations of the UNSC resolutions, he reiterated OIC’s call to support the rights of the Kashmiri people to self-determination in line with the resolutions of the UNSC.

The secretary general said that Palestinian people had been facing illegal Israeli occupation and the forceful colonization of their lands.

Condemning the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people, he said Israeli actions were stark negation of the international laws and the UN resolutions for the peaceful settlement of the issue, by protecting the Palestinian rights to life and land.

About the issue of Afghanistan, he emphasized upon further efforts to bring stability and peace. He termed the establishment of Afghanistan Humanitarian Trust Fund on the margin of the OIC-CFM session as another effort by the member states for the financial and humanitarian support to the Afghan people.

Hissein Brahim Taha further said that Yemen situation also caused deep concerns for the OIC, and called for immediate end to conflict through peaceful means.

The OIC secretary general also condemned Houthis attacks against civilians and installations.

He said the world was facing racial discrimination, calling upon the OIC member countries to put their acts together to fight this challenge.

He also welcomed the recent adoption of the UN resolution by designating March 15 of each year as a day to fight against Islamophobia.

The secretary general further said that fighting terrorism was an absolute priority of the OIC and called upon protection of the rights of children, women and families laws, besides, capacity building of the Muslim youth in the fields of latest science and technological fields and modern education.

Referring to the Covid pandemic, he observed that the world had not been yet out of it which created huge economic difficulties for the developing and poor countries.

The OIC secretary general underlined the need to intensify the joint efforts to ensure OIC objectives aimed at eradication of poverty, disease, illiteracy, extremism and galvanizing efforts for promotion of interfaith harmony, and making progress in the fields of science and technology.

He said the high level education would be an optimal means to removing backwardness of the developing countries.

He also appreciated the member countries for contributing towards the collective objectives and goals of the member states and called upon making of further concerted efforts to realize the programmes and action under OIC’s umbrella.

He also expressed his gratitude to the government and the people of Pakistan for the warm welcome and hosting of the session.

He also lauded Pakistan for its strong commitment to the charter of the OIC and its contributions for the unity and solidarity of the Muslim Ummah.

It was indeed a great pleasure to attend the OIC-CFM session which also coincided with the celebrations of Pakistan’s national Day, he added.

He also wished further progress and prosperity of Pakistan and its people.