48th Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC held in Islamabad

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The 48th Council of Foreign Ministers meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was held in Islamabad, Pakistan on 22 -23 March 2022. The session coincides with the 75th-anniversary celebrations of Pakistan's Independence Day.

  • The theme of the conference was :"Building Partnerships for Unity, Justice, and Development." 

  • The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan raised the  Kashmir issue at the conference, saying the 57-member body has not been able to make any impact at all as it’s a "divided house".

  • China, though not a member of the OIC, was represented by its foreign minister Wang Yi who supported Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir .

  • India rejected the reference to Kashmir in the OIC declaration issued after the conference saying Kashmir was an integral part of India . 

Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC)

The Organisation of the Islamic Conference was established by the First Islamic Summit Conference held in Rabat, Morocco, in September 1969.

  • It was set up to protect the interest of Muslims in the world. 

  • Total Members : 57 countries

  • Headquarters : Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 

  • India which has the third largest muslim population in the world after Indonesian and Pakistan is not the member of OIC. 

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