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UAE Invites India as Guest of Honour for OIC Foreign Ministers Meet

For the first time, India would be attending the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers Meet.
UAE Invites India as Guest of Honour for OIC Foreign Ministers Meet
  • India will attend 46th Session of the OIC's Council of Foreign Ministers to be held in Abu Dhabi from March 1 to 2.

About UAE's invitation to India:

  • The host UAE has stated that the friendly country of India has been named as the guest of honour in view of its great global political stature as well as its time-honoured and deeply rooted cultural and historical legacy and its important Islamic component.
  • UAE's invitation to India highlights the desire of the UAE to go beyond rapidly growing close bilateral ties and forge a true multifaceted partnership at the multilateral and international level.
  • The invitation is seen as a milestone in the comprehensive strategic partnership with the UAE.
  • The invitation is also recognition of the presence of 185 million Muslims in India and of their contribution to its pluralistic ethos, and of India's contribution to the Islamic world.

Significance of the invitation:

  • The invitation has gained immense significance because of the timing.
  • At a time when India is cornering Pakistan on all international forums due to its role in Pulwama terror attack, the invitation by the OIC which was the biggest supporter of Pakistan is highly significant.
  • This invitation is seen as a signal of changing geopolitical dynamics.

About the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation:

  • The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) established in 1969 aims to provide a collective voice to the Muslim world and safeguard and protect interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony.
  • Headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it has permanent delegations to the United Nations and the European Union.

One must know:

  • India has about 12% of the world's Muslim population.
  • But India's entry into the organisation had been blocked by Pakistan.
  • The policies of OIC are largely pro-Pakistan and sees Kashmir as occupied by India.
  • Bangladesh has proposed to make India an observer in the forum.
  • It could not be materialised due to resistance from Pakistan.
  • The invitation to India signals a possible change in stance towards India.

Question:

Q. Where will India for the first time, be attending the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers Meet?
a. Riyadh
b. Abu Dhabi
c. Amman
d. Morocco
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