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OIC avoids Kashmir issue during foreign ministers meet

The declaration, however, refers to the rights of Palestinians as well as the situation in Afghanistan

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Publish Date: Oct 24 2016 10:49AM | Updated Date: Oct 24 2016 2:54PM

OIC avoids Kashmir issue during foreign ministers meet

Tashkent Declaration of Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers’ meet, which was organized on October 18 and 19, has no mention of the Kashmir issue.


However it covered the talk about situations in North Africa, West Asia and Afghanistan. The OIC move is being considered as a major setback for Modi government.


The central government of India is trying to build a global narrative on Pakistan sponsored terror.  This OIC Declaration is significant compared to the last four where Jammu & Kashmir had found mention. 


The Declaration of the recently concluded meet, in fact, encourages narratives by the body to counter radicals and extremists globally.


In what’s being viewed as a significant move, the declaration of the two-day meet has no reference on Kashmir even as Pakistan highlighted the “situation in J&K” on the occasion. 


“We reiterate our full support for Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Shareef, the legitimate and inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to self-determination and return to their ancestral places,” reads the declaration. 


The OIC came down heavily on terrorism, “We reiterate that the struggle against terrorism and violent extremism in all forms and their manifestations.”