Abu Dhabi – Orgnization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has invited Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as a Guest of Honor for the opening planery of OIC meeting next month in Abu Dhabi.
UAE’s foreign minister Shaykh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan sent an invitation to India to be “guest of honor” to adress the opening plenary of the OIC conference and India accepted the invitation happily.
First time as Guest of Honour!— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) February 23, 2019
EAM @SushmaSwaraj will attend 46th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation as ‘Guest of Honour’ to attend the Inaugural Plenary at the invitation of UAE Foreign Minister.
OIC is a powerful grouping of Muslim majority Nations, and India will be guest of honor to attend the 46th foreign ministers’ conclave to be held on March 1 and 2.
Despite OIC favors Pakistan over Kashmir issue, but India’s presence at OIC will be crucial to smoothen the ties between the two rival nations.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has called the invitation as “welcome recognition” of the presence of 185 Million Muslims in India and their contribution towards the pluralistic ethos, and to represent India’s contribution to the Arab/Islamic world.
“We see this invitation as the desire of the enlightened leadership of the UAE to go beyond our rapidly growing close bilateral ties and forge a true multifaceted partnership at the multilateral and international level,” the MEA said in a release.
“We see this invitation as a milestone in our comprehensive strategic partnership with the UAE. We also see this invitation as a welcome recognition of the presence of 185 million Muslims in India and of their contribution to its pluralistic ethos, and of India’s contribution to the Islamic world,” it said.
OIC was established to preserve the Islamic social and economic values, to promote solidarity amongst all the Muslim states, to increase cooperation in social, economic, cultural, scientific, and political areas, and to uphold international peace and security. Also to held each other in advancing education, particularly in the fields of science and technology.