ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday left for Istanbul to represent Pakistan at the 13th Summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) being hosted by Turkey from April 10 to 15.
Besides addressing the Conference the President during his three-day visit will also hold bilateral meeting with some leaders of the OIC member states.
The leaders of the Islamic world are expected to make decisions and take practical measures aimed at developing joint Islamic action and advancing the OIC’s role at the regional and international arenas.
This includes the adoption of the OIC Programme of Action: 2016-2025”, which constitutes a strategic vision with specific priorities addressing: peace and security, terrorism and extremism, humanitarian work, human rights, development, poverty alleviation, eradication of epidemics, the rights of women, children and the family in the Islamic world, higher education, science and technology, and cultural exchange among OIC Member States.
The Islamic Summit which is being held under the theme Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace will also discuss the current situation in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia, Mali, Jammu and Kashmir, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia’s aggressions on Azerbaijan, as well as other Member States afflicted by conflicts and unstable security situations.
The Istanbul Summit will also consider the situation of Muslim communities in non-OIC member States and the issue of combating terrorism.
It will dedicate sessions to discuss the issues of sustainable development in Member States, promotion of scientific cooperation among OIC Member States in the areas of health, higher education and environment, promotion of cultural, social and media cooperation, the humanitarian situation, poverty eradication and infrastructure development in Member States.