THE NATION, ISLAMABAD, 02nd OCTOBER 2013:- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has endorsed the candidature of Ambassador Muhammad Naeem Khan for the post of assistant secretary general from the Asian region at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Elections for the post of assistant secretary general for the period 2014-19 are likely to be held at the forthcoming 40th Session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) in Conakry, Guinea, in the second week of December 2013.
Ambassador Khan is currently serving as Pakistan’s Envoy in Riyadh and Permanent Representative to OIC in Jeddah.
In this regard, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan called on the Adviser to the Prime on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, on Tuesday and handed over a letter signed by the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal committing his country’s support to Pakistan’s candidature for the important post.
The government of Pakistan deeply appreciates the support of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan’s candidate. “We are confident that Ambassador Naeem Khan would work constructively with the incoming secretary general for advancement of science and technology objectives of the OIC member states.” Pakistan being the Coordinator of COMSTECH – the OIC’s Standing Committee on Science and Technology – plans to host a science and technology summit of the organisation in the first half of 2014. Pakistan believes that Ambassador Naeem Khan would bring his experience – with particular reference to science, technology and developmental issues – and would also lend continuity and better coordination to OIC’s work in the area of science and technology.
Several other brotherly countries from OIC have also indicated support to Ambassador Khan.