After Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s announcement that he will not attend the meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) president Asif Ali Zardari on Friday (March 1) while addressing to joint parliament session, opposed the decision and said Pakistan should attend the meeting of OIC being hosted by the United Arab Emirates.
Earlier Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during the second day of joint parliament session confirmed that in wake of protest against the OIC’s decision to invite Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to attend the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers 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.
“I suggested that we should not refuse to attend the OIC meeting,” the former president said. “These countries are our friends and Pakistan should engage its friends. We should not forget our friends.” “If the Parliament wishes that the government not attend the meeting, then I can’t say much,” he added. “Not attending the meeting is not the solution,” Zardari said. “I suggest the foreign minister attend the OIC meeting. He should go there and talk.”
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17 November, 2019