RIYADH: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has affirmed its support for the Declaration on Jammu and Kashmir issued by the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Contact Group on the sidelines of the 11th session of the Organization. The Kingdom was invited as the first signatory in recognition of its efforts for formulating the new charter, which was signed by several other OIC members during meetings of the 35th session of OIC foreign ministers in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.
The Kingdom also affirmed its dedication to support a peaceful and fair solution to the Kashmir dispute upholding the rights of the Kashmiri people and their aspirations in line with a plebiscite recommended by the United Nations. The Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nizar bin Obaid Madani said, “We look forward to the commitment of all parties involved in the conflict to respect international resolutions and human rights of the Kashmiri people and their legitimate rights.”
He said “The Government of Saudi Arabia appreciates the commitment of the Government of Pakistan, its flexibility, and its quest for creating an atmosphere conducive to the ongoing comprehensive dialogue with the Indian government to move forward towards a just and final settlement of the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir, and we look forward to the cooperation of the Government of India and its positive interaction with the Pakistani positive trend in the dialogue and to resolve the crisis away from the atmosphere of tension and conflict.” He expressed his appreciation for the good efforts made by the Contact Group to work to find a peaceful solution to the Kashmir dispute.-SANA