ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia has endorsed the candidature of Ambassador Muhammad Naeem Khan for the post of Assistant Secretary General from the Asian region at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Ambassador Khan is currently serving as Pakistan’s envoy in Riyadh and permanent representative to OIC in Jeddah.
The ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Islamabad called on Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz at the Foreign Office on Tuesday and handed over a letter signed by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal committing Riyadh’s support to Islamabad’s candidate for the important post.
Several other brotherly countries from OIC have also indicated support to Ambassador Naeem Khan. Pakistan being the Coordinator of COMSTECH — the OIC Standing Committee on Science and Technology — plans to host a Science and Technology Summit of the OIC in the first half of next year.
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 the OIC work in the area of science and technology.
The Pakistan government 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,” said Foreign Office spokesman in a statement.
The Foreign Office spokesman said that elections for the post of assistant secretary general for 2014—19 are likely to be held at the forthcoming 40th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Conakry, Guinea, in the second week of December this year.