In a significant diplomatic engagement, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ambassador Syed Mohammad Fawad Sher, met with OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha at the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah. Their discussions revolved around pressing issues facing the Muslim world, including Islamophobia and various regional conflicts. This meeting holds particular importance as it precedes the OIC’s annual coordination meeting scheduled for September 21, coinciding with the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York.
OIC’s Crucial Role
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, comprised of 57 Muslim member states spanning four continents, stands as the second-largest intergovernmental organization globally, following the United Nations. Its primary mission is to serve as the collective voice of Muslim countries worldwide, advocating for the interests and well-being of its member states. This diplomatic powerhouse plays a pivotal role in addressing the diverse challenges and issues that impact the Muslim Ummah.
Ambassador Fawad Sher’s Diplomatic Endeavors
Ambassador Syed Mohammad Fawad Sher, Pakistan’s representative to the OIC, is recognized for his active role in advancing the interests of Pakistan and the broader Muslim community on the international stage. His recent meeting with OIC Secretary-General Taha demonstrates Pakistan’s continued commitment to addressing critical concerns within the Muslim world.
A Growing Concern
During their meeting, Ambassador Fawad Sher and Secretary-General Taha addressed the pressing issue of Islamophobia. They emphasized the importance of countering this phenomenon, which has manifested in various forms, including hate crimes and discrimination against Muslims. Pakistan reiterated its strong condemnation of despicable incidents involving the desecration of the Holy Qur’an.
A central focus of the discussion was the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Ambassador Fawad Sher acknowledged Pakistan’s steadfast position on the matter and expressed gratitude for the OIC’s unwavering support for the Kashmiri cause. He urged for the complete implementation of the OIC plan of action on Jammu and Kashmir, which was adopted during the 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad last year. This plan of action reflects the collective commitment of OIC member states to address the longstanding issue of Kashmir and ensure the rights and well-being of its inhabitants.
Palestine and Afghanistan
In addition to the Jammu and Kashmir conflict, the diplomats discussed the Palestinian issue and the situation in Afghanistan. The OIC has consistently supported the Palestinian cause, advocating for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Furthermore, with the evolving situation in Afghanistan, the OIC has a role to play in promoting stability and security in the region.
Scientific and Technological Cooperation
The meeting also touched upon the role of COMSTECH Islamabad, the OIC’s Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation. Collaboration in the fields of science and technology is crucial for the development and progress of Muslim-majority nations. The OIC aims to facilitate such cooperation to address the evolving challenges in the modern world.
Ambassador Syed Mohammad Fawad Sher’s meeting with OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha underscores Pakistan’s commitment to addressing the critical issues facing the Muslim world. As the OIC’s annual coordination meeting approaches, it is expected to bring together foreign ministers from member states to discuss and coordinate efforts on a wide range of matters. Pakistan’s active engagement within the OIC reflects its dedication to promoting unity and addressing shared challenges within the Muslim Ummah. The meeting in Jeddah serves as a testament to the OIC’s pivotal role as the collective voice of Muslim countries and its determination to find solutions to the complex issues affecting the Muslim world.