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OIC’s Makkah Summit

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan attends a summit meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi holy city of Mecca in the early hours of June 1, 2019.  The OIC meeting is the third and final summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this week, aimed at galvanising support among Arab and Islamic nations against arch-rival Iran, which has close ties with Turkey. / AFP / BANDAR ALDANDANI

OIC’s Makkah Summit

Objectives, Achievements and Challenges

By Mairaj ul Hamid Nasri

Inaugural meeting of the 14th Summit of Millat-e-Islamia’s sole representative “Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)” was held on May 31st in the holy city of Makkah. The summit ended up with the signing of an MOU among the heads of states/governments of Muslim-majority countries. OIC, the second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations, comprises 57 countries spread over four continents of the world. The organization is the sole voice – though often unheard – of the Muslim world. It vows to protect the interests of the Muslim world with the spirit of promoting peace and harmony among the people of the world. In the recent summit, Pakistan was represented by its Prime Minister, Imran Khan, whose participation proved to be vital, and his speech provided a guideline for the Summit’s proceedings and Declaration.

The objectives of the organization in letter are: to enhance and consolidate fraternity and solidarity among the Member States; safeguard, support and protect the common interests; strengthen intra-Islamic economic and trade cooperation; exert efforts to achieve sustainable and comprehensive human development and economic wellbeing in the Member States, protect and defend the true image of Islam, to combat defamation of Islam and encourage dialogue among civilizations and religions; enhance and develop science and technology and encourage research and cooperation among Member States in these fields. The OIC Charter says that all member states must commit themselves to the goals and principles of the United Nations Charter; all the member states are independent and equal in rights and duties; all member states should resolve their disputes peacefully and refrain from using or threatening to use force in their relations; all the member states are committed to respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of other member states and should refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of others; and all the member states should promote, at the national and international levels, good governance, democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.

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