India on Monday said the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had “no locus standi” in matters related to the state that is an integral part of the country as the organisation appointed a special envoy for Jammu and Kashmir.
Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar slammed the OIC saying: “We categorically reject yet another unacceptable reference to matters internal to India in the Final Communiqué adopted at the conclusion of the 14th Islamic Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states held at Makkah, Saudi Arabia on May 31, 2019.”
He added, “The OIC has no locus standi in matters relating to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India. It is reiterated that OIC should refrain from making such unwarranted references.”
Yousef Al Dob Eay of Saudi Arabia, an assistant secretary general of OIC, was among four special envoys appointed at the grouping’s summit meeting in Makkah on May 31.
The 14th OIC Summit extended support to the “people of Jammu and Kashmir for the realisation of their legitimate right to self-determination, in accordance with relevant UN resolutions” and condemned “outbreaks of violence in the region.”
The development came almost two months after former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj represented India for the first time. On 1 March, Swaraj had attended the inaugural plenary of the 46th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers.
The OIC is an international organisation consisting of 57 member states, 53 of them Muslim-majority nations.