ISLAMABAD : Prime Minister Imran Khan will be visiting Saudi Arabia to participate in the 14th OIC Summit being held in Makkah-ul-Mukarramah tomorrow (May 31), a foreign ministry statement said Wednesday. The summit will provide a valuable platform for OIC states to exchange views and deliberate on a range of political, economic and security issues of interest to Islamic countries, it said.

The Prime Minister will, among other things, focus on the imperatives of solidarity and unity of the Ummah, support for Muslim causes including Jammu and Kashmir, countering growing Islamophobia, and ensuring educational and scientific excellence. The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of OIC. Founded in 1969, OIC is the second largest multilateral organisation after the UN, encompassing a quarter of the humanity and a cumulative GDP of US$19.4 trillion.

As one of its founding members, Pakistan has played a key role in advancing a range of Muslim causes and in efforts to revitalise the Organisation. The OIC has consistently supported Pakistan’s principled stand on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute through its resolutions, communiqués and declarations, the statement said.

The 14th Summit will be preceded by the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers meeting on May 29, 2019. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will attend the CFM, participate in the meeting of OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir, and meet his counterparts from OIC countries.