Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf on Sunday called for building up consensus and joint efforts by Muslim countries to resolve the Palestinian dispute and to bring sustainable peace and stability to the Middle East.
Talking to foreign ministers from six Muslim countries and the secretary general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr presidential palace, Musharraf described Palestine as a festering dispute that was the cause of frustration, anger and extremism in the Islamic world.
He stressed the importance of unity amongst the Palestinian ranks to jointly work toward a solution based on justice and equity that is in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the Palestinian people.
Musharraf lauded the role of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia for the Makkah accord that helped bring an end to the infighting and formation of the Palestinian unity government.
He also expressed his concern over the turmoil and spiraling violence in Iraq and urged an end to this dangerous conflict at the earliest.
The official APP news agency quoted Musharraf as saying that Iraq's sovereignty and territorial integrity was of utmost importance and must be preserved.
He called for collective efforts to address the situation in Lebanon.
Musharraf also expressed concern on the tension over the Iranian nuclear issue and urged restraint and diplomacy to seek a peaceful solution.
He hosted a dinner in honor of the foreign ministers attending the one-day consultative meeting in Islamabad on Sunday.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda, Foreign Minister of Egypt Ahmed Abdul Gheit, Foreign Minister of Jordan Abdullah-al-Khatib, Foreign Minister of Turkey Abdullah Gul and Foreign Minister of Malaysia Syed Hamid Albar were present at the one-day gathering.
The consultative meeting was convened to prepare an agenda for the proposed summit in Saudi Arabia aimed at launching a new Middle East peace initiative and addressing other political issues in the Muslim world, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon.
The meeting followed Musharraf's visit to Muslim countries in recent weeks to promote a new peace initiative.