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06 October 2013

Saudi Arabia endorses Pakistani Ambassador for position of OIC Assistant Secretary General

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By Rohail Khan

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has formally supported the candidature of H.E Ambassador Muhammad Naeem Khan for the post of “Assistant Secretary General - Asian region” at the prestigious Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Ambassador Khan is currently serving as Pakistan’s envoy in Riyadh and Permanent Representative to OIC in Jeddah.

Earlier, the Royal Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Islamabad met Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs at the Foreign Office, Radio Pakistan (RP) reported. The Royal Saudi Ambassador delivered a special letter signed by the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal committing the Kingdom’s support to Pakistan’s candidature for the important post, the Radio Pakistan website reported today.

According to the Foreign Office Spokesman quoted by Radio Pakistan‚ several other countries from

OIC have also indicated full and formal support to H.E Ambassador Naeem Khan. Government of Pakistan has warmly appreciated the support of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan’s candidate.

Elections for the post of Assistant Secretary General for the period 2014-2019 shall be held at the 40th Session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Conakry‚ Guinea, scheduled in December 2013.

Pakistan, Coordinator of COMSTECH (OIC’s Standing Committee on Science and Technology), shall be hosting the OIC’s Science and Technology Summit in February 2014.

It is worth while to note that OIC’s longest-serving Secretary General H.E Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu,

Turkish National, serving OIC since 2004 shall be retiring in 2014. Upon his departure, H.E Iyad Bin Amin Madani, Saudi National, will assume as the new Secretary General of OIC.

OIC is an international organisation consisting of 57 Muslim member states. The organisation states that it is "the collective voice of the Muslim world" and works to "safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony".

OIC has a permanent delegation to the United Nations, and is the largest international organisation outside the United Nations.

[Rohail Khan, a Canadian-Pakistani with strong parental roots in India as well, is a Senior Banker and CFO based at Jeddah. He is also Chairman, Urdu Academy International (UAI), Washington, D.C. He can be contacted at rohailkhan00@gmail.com]

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