OIC Press Release
|3 November 1999|
Dr. Azeddine Laraki, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference received in his office at the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah today, Wednesday 25 Rajab 1420H (3 November 1999), H.E. Nadesh War Dayal, Indian Deputy Foreign Minister, in the presence of H.E. Mr. Mohamed Hamid Ansari, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In his introductory remarks, the Secretary General laid stress on the impossibility of marginalizing or ignoring the Kashmir issue when examining prospects of cooperation with India, for it occupies a central position in the OIC’s action.
The meeting addressed issues relating to India’s relations with the OIC Member States and particularly the Islamic dimension of these relations. The Secretary General focused in his talks with his interlocutors on the issue of self-determination for the Muslim people of Kashmir, based on the relevant Security Council Resolution, in line with the resolutions of the Islamic Summits and Foreign Ministers Conferences, and on the grounds of his own contacts with the Kashmiri people themselves.
The Secretary General pointed out that the achievement of a solution to this issue and lifting the Kasmiri people’s distress, would open the way for the establishment of sturdy relations between India and the Islamic world in all domains.