Pakistan Foreign Minister refuses to attend OIC meet over an invitation to India

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi declined the invitation to attend the foreign ministers’ meet of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) states over the invitation extended to Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. India is not a member of the OIC, but Swaraj was invited to the meet as a guest of honour.OIC is a 57-member group of Muslim majority nations. India has the third-largest Muslim population in the world. The two-day meet starting on Friday is being held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Swaraj, who is attending attend the inaugural plenary of the meet, is said to raise the issue of terrorism, amidst Indo-Pak tensions.

Talmiz Ahmed, a former Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said, “This is a historic victory for India, a major triumph for Indian diplomacy and a major setback for Pakistan. The OIC used to be a platform for Pakistan to abuse India. This (invitation) is the result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outreach to both the UAE and Saudi Arabia.”India’s inclusion in the group in Ahmed’s words “corrects a historical wrong done to India” by its eviction from the first OIC conference in 1969. India was asked to leave on demand of the then Pakistani President, Yahya Khan.”

India’s inclusion in the group in Ahmed’s words “corrects a historical wrong done to India” by its eviction from the first OIC conference in 1969. India was asked to leave on demand of the then Pakistani President, Yahya Khan.

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