On Thursday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has arrived in Abu Dhabi to attend the Foreign Ministers meeting of the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) states, an influential grouping of 57 nations.
Today, Ms. Swaraj will also attend the inaugural plenary of 2-days meeting. It is for the first session that India has been invited to an OIC meet as ‘guest of honor’.
Raveesh Kumar, spokesman of External Affairs Ministry Tweeted: “Recognising India’s engagement with the Islamic world. EAM @SushmaSwaraj arrives in #AbuDhabi for the Ministerial Meeting of @OIC_OCI. India has been invited by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of UAE as the ‘Guest of Honour’”.
India’s involvement with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation comes in the midst of increasing tensions between Pakistan and India. The ties drained further after Indian fighter jets bombed and destroyed terror outfits JeM’s biggest terror training camps near Pakistan’s Balakot across the LoC on Tuesday. The very next day, Pakistan has carried out a retaliatory aerial raid in India.
There were informations that Pakistan tried to seek Ms. Swaraj “disinvited” from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation meet following India’s air strikes on Pakistani terror camps.
In 1969, the OIC had disinvited India from its Organisation of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Morocco at Pakistan’s behest. Usually, OIC has been supporting Pakistan and often sided with Islamabad over Jammu and Kashmir’s issue.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that the Foreign Minister of United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan has invited Sushma Swaraj as the ‘guest of honor’ to address the inaugural plenary and India has happily accepted the invitation.