No official word on OIC Foreign Ministers’ Kashmir meet, says MEA

No official word on OIC Foreign Ministers’ Kashmir meet, says MEA

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New Delhi, Jan 2 : India is not aware of - officially - whether 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation will hold any special meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the member nations on India related matters, MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said here on Thursday.

"Pakistan has also not confirmed any such meet of OIC...They have also said envisaged, planned etc. I don't think there has been a statement by Pakistan confirming that such a meeting is happening," Mr Kumar told reporters here fielding questions.

He said the meeting of Foreign Ministers of OIC member nations take place every year and it will happen this year too. "So. Let us see...I am right in saying we have no information so far regarding any India-focused meet of OIC," he said.

There were reports earlier generally quoting Pakistani officials that Saudi Arabia will host a special foreign ministers' meet of the OIC on Kashmir issue. Meanwhile on Thursday, reports from Pakistan quoting Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said Pakistan would be trying to arrange the next regular session of the OIC in Islamabad.

"The work is underway...Pakistan desires the next regular session of the OIC in Islamabad," she said. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi last week said that Pakistan wanted an early meeting of the OIC foreign ministers on Kashmir.

The OIC is a 57-member grouping of Muslim majority nations, including Pakistan. India has been communicating with the global community including India's neighbours - other than Pakistan - and major global players that the abrogation of Article 370 since August 2019 was strictly an internal matter. (UNI)