Pakistan’s Imran Khan: OIC nations should push for ceasefire in Russia-Ukraine war

Prime minister appeals to China’s top diplomat at Organisation of Islamic Co-operation meeting in Islamabad

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other leaders at the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan. EPA

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Pakistan’s prime minister has urged foreign ministers of Muslim-majority nations to help end Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Imran Khan also appealed to China’s top diplomat to join the effort when he spoke on Tuesday at the start of a two-day gathering in Islamabad of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Co-operation.

The event was attended for the first time by China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, as a special guest.

The war in Ukraine “could have great consequences for the world,” Mr Khan said.

He said the rest of the world is “already suffering” with surging prices of oil, gas and wheat from a region known as the breadbasket of the world.

He said ministers should “mediate, try to bring about a ceasefire and an end to the conflict” .

Prime Minister Imran Khan with delegates at the OIC meeting in Islamabad. EPA

Pakistan has signed a multi-billion dollar road and energy project that will link its Arabian Sea port of Gwadar to China in the north.

In his speech at the OIC conference, the Chinese minister said Beijing supports continuing peace talks between Russia and Ukraine for the sake of a ceasefire, an end to the war and peace.

“We need to prevent humanitarian disasters and prevent the spillover of the Ukrainian crisis from affecting or harming the legitimate rights and interests of other regions and countries,” he said.

Updated: March 23, 2022, 9:48 AM