The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan has hinted that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) would accept India in the Muslim countries forum one day.
“We can embrace India in the OIC,” the UAE Foreign Minister stated, “I know we are not there yet for obvious reasons”. He was speaking in a press conference after the conclusion of the Forty-Sixth Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of Member States of the OIC held in Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Abdullah stated that the OIC sent a very “clear and positive” message to India.
“The OIC appreciates relationship with India and looks forward to strengthen the ties with India”, he informed the media in the press conference.
The participation of India in the Muslim countries forum, he termed as “historical moment not only for the OIC but India as well”. He also lauded the speech of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj at the plenary session of the OIC’s Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM).
Pakistan did not attend the conference in protest against invitation to Indian foreign minister. The OIC, at the conclusion of the meeting, issued a hard hitting statement against India for “state terrorism in Kashmir”.
India was first invited to the OIC summit in 1969 held in Rabbat Morocco. Granting membership to India in the Organization was also discussed but the successful manoeuvring by then Pakistan President General Yaha Khan put paid to chances of a member of thr group.