Foreign Ministers from forty Islamic countries ended a six day conference in Islamabad in Pakistan on Thursday (22 May) after approving an Islamic initiative to end the crisis in Afghanistan.
GV INTERIOR Delegates seated during Islamic conference in Islamabad
CU Sign on wall reading Eleventh Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers
SVs Malaysian, Libyan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwaiti, Guinean delegates (5 shots)
SCU Agha Shahi, chairman of the conference, speaking in English
GV Delegates applaud
GV & SV Delegates being led in prayer (4 shots)
SHAHI: "This conference has had the largest agenda in the history of our organisation. It considered of one hundred and two items. Pressure prevented us from doing full justice to all of them. But it is a matter of gratification that we have been able to consider and adopt resolutions on all these items and have been able to give full consideration to the most important one. This would not have been possible had our decision not been taken in the spirit of Islamic tolerance and understanding. The decisions that we have taken are of historic importance. Not only because they deal with important issues at a time of crisis. But also because they will affect the destinies of man all over the world."
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Background: Foreign Ministers from forty Islamic countries ended a six day conference in Islamabad in Pakistan on Thursday (22 May) after approving an Islamic initiative to end the crisis in Afghanistan. They also agreed to seek an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions against Israel.
SYNOPSIS: The conference set up a three-man peace committee to help restore Afghanistan's independence and non-aligned status. A delegation is expected t be sent to Moscow to discuss a Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. The conference also condemned President Anwar Sadat of Egypt for giving sanctuary to the former Shah of Iran. In his closing address, the conference chairman, Pakistani Foreign Affairs Chief, Agha Shahi, said it had been an historic meeting.
The conference had been extended by an extra day because of the lengthy debate on Afghanistan. The ministers issued a strong condemnation of the United States for its military action against Iran and its naval build-up in the Indian Ocean. But it balanced its criticism with an appeal to the Iranian Government to end the hostages dispute.