OIC to hold Kashmir Contact Group’s an emergency meeting on Tuesday

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Srinagar: The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) will hold an emergency meeting of its Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

Following a request from Pakistan, the meeting of the contact group will be held at the level of permanent representatives.

“On the request of Islamic Republic of Pakistan a meeting of the Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir … will be held at the OIC General Secretariat” on Tuesday at 11am,” reported Dawn.

A notice marked “urgent” has been sent to members of the contact group by the OIC secretariat in Jeddah, the report said.

The contact group meeting will precede the 46th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, scheduled for March 1-2 in Abu Dhabi.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been invited to address the inaugural plenary of the OIC foreign ministers meeting, accruing to the report.

The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan could also come face to face in Abu Dhabi on March 1.

The OIC describes itself as “the collective voice of the Muslim world”, and its stated objective is “to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world”.

The group has criticised India for human rights violations in Kashmir.

The invitation to India to the OIC meeting coincides with the recent visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Pakistan and India.

The Crown Prince had advocated a peaceful resolution to the differences between the two countries, including their current standoff following the Pulwama attack.

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