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OIC FMs to meet in Islamabad as Pakistan hosts 48th session

ISLAMABAD: 22, MARCH, 2022: The Council of the Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will meet today (Tuesday) at the inaugural session being hosted by Pakistan under the theme of ‘Building Partnerships for Unity, Justice, and Development,’.
About 46 member states will be represented at the ministerial level in the meeting. The rest will be represented by senior officials.
In his keynote address at the opening session of the 48th session will take place at the Parliament House, Prime Minister Imran Khan will highlight Pakistan’s role and contribution towards OIC and deliberate on the challenges faced by the Muslim world.
In a tweet, the premier wrote that, "Under overarching theme of ‘Unity, Justice & Development’, OIC-CFM will have wide-ranging deliberations.”
As per sources, over 100 resolutions will be considered during the two-day session.
The session coincides with the 75th anniversary celebrations of Pakistan’s independence.
On March 23, the visiting foreign ministers will visit the Pakistan Day parade venue and witness the professional capability of Pakistan’s armed forces and the traditional floats of all the provinces, reflecting the national unity.
Later in the day, Foreign Minister Qureshi along with OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha will hold a joint press stakeout following the conclusion of the session.
The developments in Afghanistan and its humanitarian consequences for the Afghan people and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir will be discussed.
Many African issues will also be on the summit’s agenda, including the situation in Mali, the Sahel region, and Lake Chad, and the situation in Central Africa and the Republic of Guinea.
The OIC foreign ministers will also discuss developments in Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, and other regions during the summit.
Pakistan has a proud history of hosting major OIC events including Summits and Council of Foreign Minister (CFM) meetings. The country hosted the 2nd OIC Summit in Lahore, in February 1974. An Extraordinary OIC Summit was held in Islamabad in 1997, on the occasion of Pakistan’s Golden Jubilee.
Pakistan also hosted the OIC CFMs on four occasions – 2nd Session in December 1970, 11th Session in May 1980, 21st Session in April 1993 and the 34th Session in May 2007.
The 1st and the 17th Extraordinary Sessions of the OIC CFM, were held in Islamabad, in January 1980 and December 2021, respectively. (04)

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