China discusses its historical relations with Muslims and avoids the Uyghur issue


Reports have highlighted that Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang have been mistreated by Chinese authorities over the years

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Islamabad: China participated in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting here, although it is not part of the OIC, and discussed the historical relations that China and Muslims share, but avoided to talk about Muslim Uyghurs.

Reports have highlighted that Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang have been mistreated by Chinese authorities over the years.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday, the OIC said in a statement.

The meeting was held alongside the 48th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the historical relationship that China and Muslims share and also touched on various ways to promote bilateral dialogue and cooperation on political, economic, cultural, educational, health and dialogue among civilizations.

They also discussed the area of ​​cooperation, including in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, between China and other member states.

The Chinese Foreign Minister stressed the positive role of the OIC as a bridge between China and the Muslim world.

The OIC Secretary General congratulated China for its participation in the OIC meeting. The two sides also exchanged views on a range of regional and international issues of common concern.

The summit is being held under the theme “Building Partnerships for Unity, Justice and Development”.

Pakistani media said more than 100 resolutions will be considered during the two-day session. Although the meeting is convened to promote OIC efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan is likely to raise the issue of Kashmir even if it does not talk about Shia Muslims in the country.

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