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Kashmir remains oldest unresolved issue on the United Nations Security Council: Hina

Islamabad, November 15, 2012 (PPI-OT): Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in her statement at the 39th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Djibouti today, said that Kashmir remained the oldest unresolved issues on the UN Security Council Agenda and a source of constant conflict between Pakistan and India.

Human rights’ violation and persecution of the Muslim majority remained rampant in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. She hoped that the two countries would be able to find peaceful and mutually acceptable solutions to all outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

The Foreign Minister said that Pakistan has always supported the just causes of the Muslim Ummah including full support to the Palestinian people for their inalienable right to self determination. She also reiterated Pakistan’s solidarity with the people of Turkish Cypriot State and also expressed support to the people of Mali in their rightful cause.

Supporting Rohingya Muslims basic human rights, the Foreign Minister said that the government and the people of Pakistan were deeply saddened over the repression of Muslim minority in Myanmar. On the situation in Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister said that Afghanistan was a neighbourly and a brotherly country and that peace and stability of that country is in Pakistan’s vital interest.

Foreign Minister Khar also had meetings with her counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan on the sidelines of the conference, and discussed bilateral as well as various regional and international issues of mutual interest.

In her meeting with the Saudi Minister of State, the Foreign Minister said that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She said that being the custodian of two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah could play a very important role in promoting peace and harmony within the Muslim Ummah.

During her meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister, she informed him that Pakistan was looking forward to the forthcoming visit of President Ahmadinejad to Pakistan to attend the D-8 Summit being held on 22 November 2012.

The two Foreign Ministers underlined the importance of working together for peace and stability of Muslim Ummah and hoped that the Syrian conflict would be resolved peacefully. While meeting with her Afghan counterpart Mr. Zalmai Rassoul, Foreign Minister Khar reiterated her invitation to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.

The two Foreign Ministers expressed their satisfaction over the recent visit of the High Peace Council to Pakistan and reiterated their interest to work closely for the success of Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process.

For more information, contact:
Syed Haider Ali Jafri
Personal Secretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tel: +9251 921 0335 and 9056604

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