Pakistan: Hissein Brahim Taha, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Secretary General, led five people to Pakistan, Azad Jammu, and Kashmir from December 10–12, 2022. The OIC SG was invited by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Foreign Affair Minister of Pakistan. Since taking office in November 2021, this was his first trip to Pakistan.
The Secretary-General met with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister at the delegation level and pay a courtesy call to the Prime Minister of Pakistan during his visit. Both sides discussed relations between the OIC and Pakistan and issues related to Jammu and Kashmir dispute, Islamophobia and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. They also exchanged views on economic, social and technological cooperation among the member states of the OIC.
Additionally, he met with the Ministers of Commerce, Information Technology, and the Affairs of Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir. Additionally, he went to Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan, an OIC founding member, will keep working to advance Islamic unity, solidarity, and communication within the group. As the CFM’s chair, it has worked to fully activate the OIC peace as well as security architecture to resolve conflicts, establish the OIC Trust Fund to channel critical humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, provide leadership to address the abominable phenomenon of Islamophobia, and promote cooperation between OIC member states in the fields of commerce, trade, food security, science and technology.
The visit of the Secretary-General allowed for a discussion of how the organisation may better unite itself to fulfil the objectives of the 1.9 billion Muslims it represents.
Furthermore, on December 11, 2022, OIC Secretary-General welcomed the results of the Saudi-Chinese, Arab-Chinese, and Gulf-Chinese Summits in Riyadh.
The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Hissein Brahim Taha, attended the Arab-China summit, which was held by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on Friday, December 9, 2022, in Riyadh, at Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud’s request. The OIC Secretary-General praised the summit’s conclusions, which will revitalise cooperation and partnership between the Arab nations and the People’s Republic of China for the benefit of shared interests and the friendship between the two. He also praised the outcomes of the Riyadh summits between the Gulf countries, China and Saudi Arabia.
The OIC Secretary-General praised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for playing a leading role in organising and hosting the three summits, serving as the chair of the 14th Islamic Summit, and for its support of collaboration between the concerned nations and the People’s Republic of China.