Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Jalil Abbas Jilani, implored the international community to ensure accountability for Israel’s alleged use of indiscriminate and disproportionate force, which is believed to constitute war crimes against Palestinians. He led Pakistan’s delegation at the urgent Ministerial Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which was jointly convened by Pakistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah.
Jilani strongly denounced Israel’s aggressive actions and the humanitarian blockade of the Gaza Strip. As of the OIC ministerial meeting, the death toll from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza had neared 3,500, with an explosion at a Gaza hospital claiming the lives of at least 500 Palestinians. According to Palestinian health officials, this tragic incident was the result of an Israeli air attack.
In his address, Jilani called for an immediate cessation of Israel’s campaign of terror through a ceasefire, the lifting of the Gaza blockade, and the reversal of forced Palestinian evacuations from their homes. He stressed the urgency of providing secure and unrestricted humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.
Highlighting the absence of progress toward a two-state solution as a root cause of the ongoing conflict, Jilani reiterated Pakistan’s unwavering support for the right to self-determination for Palestinians. He advocated for the early establishment of a viable, secure, contiguous, and sovereign Palestinian state based on the pre-June 1967 borders, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.
On the sidelines of the OIC ministerial meeting, the foreign minister also held discussions with his Saudi counterpart, Faisal bin Farhan.
Constructive meeting with HH @FaisalbinFarhan FM of 🇸🇦, on sidelines of OIC’s urgent Ministerial Meeting of Executive Committee & discussed bilateral rel. & regional developments in #Gaza. We stressed the urgent need for cessation of hostilities & protection of civilians in Gaza. pic.twitter.com/CyIHx13k98— Jalil Abbas Jilani (@JalilJilani) October 18, 2023
Jilani emphasized the immediate necessity of ending hostilities and ensuring the safety of civilians in Gaza during his remarks on his X account.
In a separate meeting, Jilani held discussions with the Foreign Minister of the UAE, Abdullah Al-Sabah. Both dignitaries concurred on the pressing requirement for a ceasefire, de-escalation, and the timely delivery of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.
Met with H.E. Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Sabah, FM of 🇰🇼. Expressed our grave concerns on crisis in #Gaza over the loss of lives of innocent Palestinians. We agreed on urgent need for a ceasefire, de-escalation, & timely provision of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. pic.twitter.com/wDyfPQ7vtt— Jalil Abbas Jilani (@JalilJilani) October 18, 2023
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