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Pak FM boycotts OIC meet over Sushma Swaraj's participation

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on Friday boycotted the 46th session of the of the (OIC), which is being held in Abu Dhabhi, expressing reservation over Indian Sushma Swaraj's participation in the meet.

While speaking at the joint session of the Parliament in Islamabad, said", I will not attend as a matter of principle for having extended invitation as a Guest of Honour to "

"I had requested to postpone the meet in view of the warm relationship it had with They explained their position. On February 26, I wrote a letter that will re-consider their participation in view of the invitation extended to On February 28, the Opposition added one point to the letter to the They recommended that I abstain from participating at the OIC- in light of this decision of Pakistan Parliament," he added.

Swaraj will be participating as the "Guest of Honor" in the 46th session of the OIC, which is being held in This is the first time that has been invited by the group.

The group's main objective remains to safeguard and to protect the "interests of the Muslim in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the "

The also touched upon the issue of being accorded observer status at the and said, "a lower level Pakistani delegation will staunchly oppose any move to grant observer status to at the OIC. India is neither a member of OIC nor it has an observer status to the group."

Notably, in OIC there are some states such as and that have a significant minority Muslim population but are present at the forum as 'observer states'.

"A lower level Pakistani delegation will attend in order to present Pakistan's 19 resolutions that also include the human rights violations and persecution of Kashmiris," he added.

In his concluding statement, he urged the UN and to play a mediation role to de-escalate tensions in

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First Published: Fri, March 01 2019. 12:35 IST