The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) announced that it has proposed to assist dialogue between India and Pakistan, and send a delegation to Kashmir.
India’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ausaf Sayeed met the OIC Secretary General, Yusef Al-Othaimeen, earlier this week. In the “courtesy” meeting, the secretary general is said to have asked about the meeting between Pakistan and India, stating that the General Secretariat in Jeddah stood ready to assist “if the two parties would so request”.
The rare meeting is significant as OIC has repeatedly criticised India’s decision to reorganize the erstwhile state of J&K.
OIC said in a statement that the Secretary-General welcomed Sayeed and reviewed with him a number of issues “concerning the situation of Muslims in India, along with the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, and relevant UN and OIC resolutions opposing any unilateral actions on the issue”.
He apparently also conveyed to the Indian ambassador the “desire” of the OIC General Secretariat to dispatch a delegation to the “disputed territory” in line with relevant resolutions of the OIC Council of foreign ministers.
Pakistan was quick to say that OIC had underscored the organisation’s principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and expressed appreciation for the organisation’s “consistent and longstanding support” on the issue.
Islamabad also claimed that this was the first time that the principled position of the 57 OIC-member states has been duly conveyed to India.