Pakistan’s foreign minister threatened to boycott OIC (Organization of Islamic Country) meeting if Indian foreign minister was invited, Pakistan could not attend it as Sushma Swaraj was invited as the guest of honor.
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had announced that he will not attend the foreign ministers’ meet of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) states over the invitation extended to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. India is not a member of the OIC, but was invited as a guest of honor.
Shah could not attend the meeting. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj attended the inaugural session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Abu Dhabi, on March 1, where she was invited as a guest of honor.
Sushma Swaraj Retweeted Raveesh Kumar of Ministry of External Affairs.
“History is made!
EAM @SushmaSwaraj concluded her address at the Inaugural Session as ‘Guest of Honour’ at Council of Foreign Ministers of @OIC_OCI – first time by India: I come from land of Mahatma Gandhi, where every prayer ends with the call for Shanti or Peace for all.”
She cited verses from Quran and Rig Veda to stress that the menace of terrorism is caused by “distortion of religion” and “misguided belief”.
Holy Quran says, Swaraj quoted, “Let there be no compulsion in religion” and went to add a verse from Sura Al Hujurat of the holy book that reads, “O Mankind! We created you from a single pair of male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may know one another, not that you may despise one another.”
In the same vein, Swaraj referred to the oldest Sanskrit text, the Rig Veda to say, “God is one but learned men describe Him in many ways.” During her speech, Swaraj emphasized that “the fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion.”