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Abu Dhabi: External Minister Shushma Sawaraj At OIC Summit, Key Points You Need To Know

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| March 1 , 2019 , 14:51 IST

External minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Abu Dhabi to attend the session of Islamic cooperation meeting as a “Guest of Honour”.

Swaraj will address the plenary for two-days 46th session of the council of foreign ministers of the 57-member body. Sushma Swaraj Likely to raise terrorism issue at OIC meet in UAE.

She has been invited by UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan to address the OIC meeting. The minister is likely to underscore India's long and historical relationship with the OIC member countries, sources said on Thursday.

All About OIC

The Organisation of Islamic is an international organization founded in 1969, consisting of 57 member states, with a collective population of over 1.9 billion as of 2018 with 47 countries being Muslim Majority countries. is the second largest inter-governmental organization in the world after the United Nations.

This is the first time India has been invited to the summit India is neither a member nor an observer of the group, despite having the third largest Muslim population in the world

The timing of invitation to India

India attends the summit at a time when tensions between India and Pakistan are at an all-time high. The invitation was opposed by Pakistan and it has threatened to boycott the meet over India's participation.

India has said the invitation is a "welcome recognition of the presence of 185 million Muslims in India and of India's contribution to the Islamic world".

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The OIC on Tuesday "condemned" the aerial strikes carried out by India deep inside Pakistan, urging New Delhi and Islamabad to exercise restraint to avoid further provocations that would "endanger peace and security in the region." It called on both sides to resume bilateral dialogue towards de-escalation of the current situation "as a matter of priority".