Pakistan boycotts Islamic Cooperation meet over India's presence 

New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaWritten By: Sidhant SibalUpdated: Mar 01, 2019, 12:50 PM IST

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Photograph:(Reuters)

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Speaking in the Pakistani Parliament, Pakistani foreign minister SM Qureshi said," I have decided, that I will not go to the foreign ministers meet."

Pakistan has officially announced that it will boycott the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers meet in Abu Dhabi over Indian presence. 

Speaking in the Pakistani Parliament, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said," I have decided, that I will not go to the foreign ministers meet."

"Our lower level officials will be present to defend Pakistan’s resolution, in sure if someone tries to give India an observer status we can oppose it," he added.

Qureshi had written to OIC Secretary-General Dr Yousef bin Ahmad Al Othaimeen asking him that UAE should rescind invite to India or Islamabad will reconsider its decision to attend the meet in Abu Dhabi.

In in 1969 the Indian delegation led by Congress leader Fakrudin Ali Ahmed, who later became the President of India, was not allowed to attend the final session of the OIC in Rabat, Morocco at the behest of Pakistan's then-president, Yahya Khan.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is participating in the IOC meeting. This is the first time India has been invited as a guest of honour at the OIC.