ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari would leave for Saudi Arabia on Monday (today) to attend the two-day extraordinary meeting of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) convened by King Abdullah in Makkah to discuss situation in Syria and other challenges faced by Muslim Ummah. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar would also accompany the President.
While President Zardari would meet King Abdullah besides meeting heads of various Muslim countries on sidelines of the conference. Sources in the Foreign Office told The Nation that President while addressing the conference would present proposals drafted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Moreover, Pakistan has been making serious efforts to build consensus among the OIC members and in this regard, a conference of Pakistan’s Ambassadors to various Muslim countries was also held in the Ministry.
Likewise, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar also visited Iran and attended an international conference on Syria, while Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Hamad visited Turkey to deliver special message of President. Senior Adviser on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik visited UAE to deliver special message to the UAE President.
Pakistan is likely to propose establishment of an OIC High Powered Commission to set into motion an immediate ceasefire between the two sides in Syria.
The proposal also seeks establishment of a Committee of Five Heads of States with the Saudi Arabian King as Chairman to ensure implementation of agreements and disengagement to help hold free elections in Syria under the supervision of the Committee of Heads of States/Government.
Sources further said that proposed ceasefire would be for one year with OIC member composite military group to act as buffer between the two sides.
Zardari off to SA today to attend OIC Summit