President off to Kazakhstan

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Attending the 1st Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit of Science and Technology in Astana, the president held meetings with his Iranian and Pakistani counterparts on the sidelines to discuss regional developments and bilateral ties.

Kazakh Justice Minister Marat Beketayev and Astana's First Deputy Mayor Khoroshun Sergey Mikhailovich welcomed Hamid at the airport.

The two-day gathering of the pan-Islamic organisation will focus on ways to enhance science, technology and innovation and the importance of promoting scientific and technical advancement.

The occasion "will provide opportunities to review bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest", the handout said.

The delegation included Assistant Secretary General for Communications at The Research Council HH Sayyid Taymur Bin Asa'ad Al Said, Vice- Chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University HE Dr Ali Bin Saud Al Bimani, and representatives of the Ministry of Higher Education, Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Sultanate's Ambassador to Kazakhstan HE Dr Said Bin Mohammed Al Barami.

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The session is expected to take a unified Islamic position with regard to the persecution and gross human rights violations being perpetrated against these hapless people amid a surge in influx of displaced Rohingyas to the neighboring Bangladesh, Saudi Gazette from Jeddah reports quoting OIC sources.

A ministerial meeting, preparatory to the OIC Summit on Science and Technology, started in Astana, Kazakhstan on Saturday.

Moreover, it will dissolve the existing differences between the Muslim world and the developed nations, and boost cooperation among the member states, OIC said in a statement.

The president is due back home on Sept 12.

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