Feb 28, 2019, 9:43 AM
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Pakistan may boycott OIC meeting

Islamabad, Feb 28, IRNA -- Pakistan Foreign Minister says he will not attend a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) scheduled for next month if Indian External Affairs Minister participates in it, local media reported.

The Indian minister has been invited as a 'guest of honour' at the inaugural session of the foreign ministers' conclave in Abu Dhabi next month.

In a letter written to OIC Secretary General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan had asked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to withdraw the invitation to Indian external affairs minister or else it would be compelled to reconsider its decision to attend the meet.

Qureshi’s letter invites OIC’s attention towards the deteriorating security situation in the region.

Relations between Pakistan and India have been tense since a suicide bombing in Indian-Kashmir killed over 40 Indian soldiers, with New Delhi blaming Pakistan of being complicit in the attack, a charge Islamabad has denied vehemently.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif has urged Islamabad and New Delhi to show self-restraint following escalation of tension between the two states.

Zarif made the remarks in a phone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Mehmood Qureshi.

The Iranian foreign minister said Iran is ready to help achieving a peaceful resolution of dispute between Islamabad and New Delhi.
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