Following a request from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, an urgent meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir at the level of Permanent Representatives was held in Jeddah on Tuesday to review the recent developments in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting was chaired by OIC Assistant Secretary General Ambassador Samir Bakr Diab and attended by Pakistan's Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and Permanent Representatives of Azerbaijan, Niger, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
In a statement delivered on behalf of OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, the Organization expressed its deep concern over the critical situation in Jammu and Kashmir and condemned the gross human rights violations in the region, and encouraged the parties for a negotiated settlement on the basis of relevant UN Security Council resolutions, OIC Summit decisions and resolutions of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM).
Foreign Minister Qureshi provided a detailed account of the ongoing deteriorating situation in the region and urged the international community to take urgent necessary actions to protect the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Other members of the Contact Group also delivered statements expressing their support to the Kashmiri people and their right to self-determination.
Source: International Islamic News Agency