Pakistan Deputy PM Ishaq Dar arrives in Gambia for OIC Summit
OIC leaders are to address the dire situation in Gaza

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Pakistan Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar
Pakistan Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar


Islamabad, May 1: Just days after his appointment as the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Pakistan Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar headed to Gambia to represent his country at the 15th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit being held in Banjul on May 4-5.

Dar landed in Banjul and was received by Gambian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Nani Juwara, Foreign Secretary Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi and Pakistani Ambassador to Senegal Saima Maymunah Sayed, the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a post on X.

Taking to X, Dar said: “I have now arrived in Gambia to represent Pakistan at 15th Summit in addition to holding bilateral meetings with dignitaries from member countries attending the Summit.”

The Foreign Ministry said that the summit presents an opportune moment for the OIC leaders to collectively address the dire situation taking place in Gaza and to assert a unified stance on the Palestinian issue.

He will also present Pakistan’s stand on global challenges such as rising Islamophobia, climate change, and terrorism while hoping to advocate collective solutions to these problems.

Dar will also engage in bilateral meetings with fellow leaders and foreign ministers, facilitating dialogue and cooperation on shared concerns.

Dar was appointed Deputy PM in a notification issued on Sunday, which came even as he along with PM Shehbaz Sharif and other top leaders of the ruling regime were in Saudi Arabia to attend the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) special meeting on Global Collaboration, Growth and Energy.