Jeddah, 18 October 2023 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Jalil Abbas Jilani led the delegation to the urgent open-ended Ministerial meeting of the Executive Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Jeddah, on October 18.

Pakistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) jointly called the conference to talk about the Gaza issue and the plight of the trapped residents there.

The Foreign Minister strongly condemned the Israeli assault and cruel embargo of Gaza in his remarks, stating that they had caused death, devastation, and displacement.

Moreover, he denounced the brutal Israeli strike on a Gaza hospital yesterday, which resulted in the slaughter of innocent bystanders.

He also emphasized that the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force by the Israeli occupation forces constituted war crimes and crimes against humanity.

This action was in flagrant violation of international humanitarian and human rights law. Foreign Minister urged the world community to make Israel accountable for its actions.

He insisted that Israel’s campaign of terror must cease immediately. He also called for the removal of the Gaza closure and the cancellation of the forcible relocation of Palestinians from their homes.

In order to provide Gaza with quick, safe, and unfettered access to humanitarian and relief supplies, he further emphasized the importance of humanitarian corridors.

The Foreign Minister emphasized that the failure to execute the two-state solution was the primary cause of the most recent conflict.

He reiterated Pakistan’s stance in favor of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and its sympathy with them.

He demanded that the pre-June 1967 boundaries serve as the foundation for the immediate creation of a viable, safe, contiguous, and sovereign state of Palestine, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif serving as its capital.

Prior to this Extraordinary Session, he had spoken over the phone with the foreign ministers of Egypt, Iran, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

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The Foreign Minister conveyed Pakistan’s serious worries about the current state of affairs in Gaza, which is the outcome of Israeli assault and encirclement of the territory, during these OIC meetings.

Based on the pre-1967 lines, the international community should establish a viable, independent, and contiguous State of Palestine, with Al Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.