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Iranian, Pakistani FMs Meet in Turkey

Tasnim – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, held talks in Turkey on Friday about a range of issues, including ways to boost Tehran-Islamabad ties in diverse fields.

The meeting between Zarif and Qureshi was held in the Turkish city of Istanbul on the sidelines of an emergency meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on a recent terrorist attack in New Zealand that killed dozens of Muslim people.

Earlier in the day, the Iranian top diplomat held separate talks with his Turkish counterpart and Deputy Foreign Minister Nazar Al-Khairullah, discussing the latest developments in the world.

Turkey has called the emergency meeting to discuss the New Zealand mosque attacks that killed at least 50 Muslims and “increasing violence based on Islamophobia”.

The country’s foreign ministry said in a statement published on Thursday that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu would chair the meeting.

“Turkey, as the OIC Summit Chair, has called upon holding an emergency meeting for discussing the increasing violence based on Islamophobia, racism and xenophobia, in particular the terrorist attack that targeted two mosques in New Zealand on 15 March 2019,” the statement read.

It also said that apart from the OIC members, the representatives of the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) were also invited to the meeting.

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