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Minister of Foreign Affairs II invited to 48th CFM in Pakistan

Hakim Hayat

Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof has been invited by Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi to participate in the 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan from March 22-23, the Pakistani High Commission in Brunei Darussalam said yesterday.

According to the high commission, the day coincides with the 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence. All heads of delegation will witness the traditional ‘Pakistan Day Parade’ on March 23 as guests of honour.

Themed ‘Partnering for Unity, Justice, and Development’, the discussions in the meetings would encapsulate matters of peace and security, economic development, cultural and scientific cooperation and revitalising the role of the OIC.

During the conference, the high commission said that over 100 resolutions to be adopted during the session, will articulate the OIC’s perspective on major contemporary issues. It added that the session would also provide an opportunity to take stock of, and review the decisions taken during the 17th Extraordinary Session to alleviate humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan would continue to work with other OIC member states including Brunei, towards harnessing ‘collective ambition’ into ‘concrete action’, and to take tangible steps to further strengthen bonds of Islamic solidarity and cooperation,” the high commission said in a press release.

“The 48th CFM would prove to be a landmark session in Muslim Ummah’s combined efforts to chart a joint Islamic way forward.

“On part of Muslim Ummah, Pakistan remains committed to support all efforts aimed at promoting unity, brotherhood and prosperity among the Muslim world.”

The OIC is the second largest international organisation after the United Nations (UN) with a membership of 57 states, which constitute collective voice of over 1.5 billion Muslims spread over four continents. Pakistan is the founding member of the OIC.

Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR