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Shahbaz Sharif reached Istanbul along with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Lahore : Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reached Istanbul to attend the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Al-Quds Al-Sharif on the invitation of President of Turkey.

The prime minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Chief Minister Punjab  Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and other high officials.

The prime minister and his delegation, upon arrival at the Istanbul International Airport, were received by senior officials of Turkish government, Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey Syrus Sajjad Qazi while other senior embassy officials were also present.

The extraordinary summit which is being held on Wednesday, has been called by the President of Turkey in his capacity as the Chair of OIC. Heads of state and government of about 26 Islamic countries were expected to attend the extraordinary summit and would also explore ways to deal with the situation.

The conference will be preceded by the Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting which will be attended by Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

Prime Minister Abbasi will convey the sentiments of the people and the Government of Pakistan of the unequivocal support to the people of Palestine.

He will stress upon the OIC for a united stance on the issue of Al-Quds Al-Sharif and call upon the US administration to review its decision.

Talking at the Istanbul airport, the Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that leadership of Muslim Ummah has to take extraordinary decisions during unusual situation. The policy of pushing the Palestine to wall is dangerous for world peace.

He said that OIC shall take decisions by keeping the sentiments of the Muslims in front of them. Muslims are angry over acceptance of occupied Bait ul Muqadas as a territory of Israel by the USA. This US decision has saddened the Muslims of the whole world.

He said that this step of the USA has affected the efforts being made for world peace and US announcement has put the salt on the wounds of Muslims. The Muslims leadership has to take wise and sane decisions keeping in view the current situation, he added.

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