OIC appoints Yousef Aldobeay as special envoy on Kashmir

OIC appoints Yousef Aldobeay as special envoy on Kashmir

Makkah (Agencies): The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has appointed Saudi Arabia’s Yousef Aldobeay as its special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir.

The 14th OIC summit in the holy city of Makkah backed the host, Saudi Arabia, in the face of escalating tensions with Iran and threw its support behind the Palestinians ahead of a US-led peace plan suspected to be skewed in favour of Israel.

The Foreign Office said the summit communique called for expediting establishment of a UN commission of inquiry to investigate grave human rights violations and urged India to allow the commission and other international organisations access to Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

The conference also commended the report of OIC’s Human Rights Commission, highlighting rights abuses in IOK. It welcomed Pakistan’s offer to host 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad in 2021.

The OIC meeting, the third and final Iran-focused summit hosted by Saudi Arabia in Makkah this week, condemned a ‘terrorist attack’ on Saudi Arabia’s oil pumping stations which targeted global oil supplies, according to its communique.

Earlier, addressing the Muslim leaders, Saudi King Salman warned that ‘terrorist’ attacks in the Gulf region could imperil global energy supplies. “We confirm that terrorist actions not only target the kingdom and the Gulf region, but also target the safety of navigation and world oil supplies.”

The summit threw its support behind the Palestinian cause, denouncing any position adopted by an international body that supports prolonging occupation of Palestinian territories, including a US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The OIC refused to accept any proposal for peaceful settlement that did not accord with Palestinians’ legitimate inalienable rights. It urged member countries to take ‘appropriate measures’ against countries that move their embassies to Jerusalem.

The summit called for a ‘boycott’ of the countries that have opened diplomatic missions in the city and stressed the importance of amassing support for the budget of the Palestinian government to continue its work.

“The Palestinian cause is the cornerstone of the works of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and is the focus of our attention until the brotherly Palestinian people get all their legitimate rights,” the Saudi monarch said at the summit. “We reaffirm our unequivocal rejection of any measures that would prejudice the historical and legal status of Quds (Jerusalem),” he said.

The OIC summit also refused to accept any decision to change legal and demographic status of Syria’s Golan Heights, especially the US decision to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the territory, the summit’s communique said.

The member states expressed concern over growing Islamophobia in many parts of the world. Islamophobia “as a contemporary form of racism and religious discrimination continues to grow … as evident by the increase in incidents of religious intolerance, negative stereotyping, and hatred and violence against Muslims”, it added.