Abu Dhabi : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Abu Dhabi on Friday night to attend the inaugural session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Abu Dhabi where she was invited as a “guest of honour”.
At the summit, Swaraj will address the plenary of the two-day 46th session go the Council of Foreign Ministers of the 57 member body. She has been invited by UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan to address the OIC meeting. The minister is likely to underscore India’s long and historical relationship with the OIC member countries, sources said on Thursday.
This is the first time that India has been invited to the summit. India is neither a member nor an observer of the group, despite having the third largest Muslim population in the world.
Countries like Russia and Thailand that have a significant minority Muslim population are observer states.
Surprisingly the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday announced Pakistan will not attend a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) being hosted by the United Arab Emirates on March 1-2.
Reiterating his protest against the OIC’s decision to invite Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to attend the meeting of the Council of Foreign Minister in Abu Dhabi, Qureshi said he will not attend the session due to the inter-governmental organisation’s failure to rescind the invitation to his Indian counterpart.