OIC vows to protect Muslim Ummah’s common interests

ISLAMABAD   -   The Organization of Islamic Cooperation yesterday vowed to protect the common interests of the Muslim Ummah (nation) and adopt a unified stance on Palestine, Kashmir and other issues. In the joint statement titled Islamabad Declaration issued after the conclusion of the two-day OIC meeting here, the members resolved to unify efforts to address common challenges and leverage opportunities besides upholding the rights and interests of Muslim minorities in non-OIC countries. They pledged to promote and protect common interests of member countries and support the just causes of Palestine, Kashmir and other issues. The declaration vowed to pursue a shared vision for greater social, economic, scientific and technological development and integration within the Muslim world and beyond. It reaffirmed the collective desire to promote harmony, tolerance, peaceful co-existence, better standards of life, human dignity and understanding among all peoples. It proposed for convening a ministerial meeting, later this year or next, to evolve solutions, develop mechanisms and tools to prevent conflicts and promote peace. The declaration welcomed the operationalization of the Afghanistan Humanitarian Trust Fund. It appreciated the unanimous decision of UN General Assembly to proclaim 15 March as International Day to combat Islamophobia as well as the Council of Foreign Ministers’ decision to appoint a Special Envoy in this regard. The declaration rejected terrorism in all forms and manifestations and attempts this evil to any country, religion, nationality, race or civilization. It reiterated OIC's strong position against attempts to equate the legitimate struggle of peoples for self-determination with terrorism. It acknowledged the growing role of innovation and emerging technologies in stimulating growth and digital transformation and expresses our shared resolve to promote linkages and partnerships.

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