Mamnoon, Erdogan review bilateral, regional issues

ISTANBUL: President Mamnoon Hussain had a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul.
They two leaders exchanged views on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.
President Mamnoon Hussain is in Istanbul to represent Pakistan at the 13th summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The President was received by Turkey’s Minister for Economy Mustafa Alitash at Ataturk International Airport.
Besides addressing the conference during his three-day visit to Turkey, the President will also hold bilateral meetings with some leaders of the OIC member states.
The leaders of the Islamic world are expected to make decisions aimed at developing joint action and advancing the OIC’s role at the regional and international arenas.
This includes adoption of the OIC Programme of Action2016-2025, which constitutes a strategic vision with specific priorities addressing peace and security, terrorism, human rights, development, poverty alleviation, eradication of epidemics, and rights of women.
The summit, which is being held under the theme Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace, will also discuss the current situation in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan, and Jammu and Kashmir.
Leaders of member states are expected to collaborate and take practical measures to strengthen ties among Islamic countries, mutually benefitting each other. They are also expected to further OIC’s role and impact in the regional and international community. This includes the adoption of the ‘OIC Programme of Action: 2016-2025’. The plan of action constitutes a strategic vision with specific priorities addressing: peace and security, terrorism and extremism, humanitarian work, human rights, development, poverty alleviation, eradication of epidemics, rights of women, children and family in the Islamic world, higher education, science and technology, and cultural exchange among OIC member states.
The conference, held under the theme of, ‘Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace’, will also feature discussion on the current situation in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia, Mali, Jammu and Kashmir, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia’s aggressions on Azerbaijan, as well as other member states afflicted by conflicts and unstable security situation. Issues faced by Muslims where they are in minority will also be discussed. Agencies