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Five Central Asian republics to join OIC meet in Islamabad

Islamabad, Dec 18: Pakistan is hosting the Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries in Islamabad on Sunday for a meeting on Afghanistan, even as the five Central Asian republics will be represented by their deputy foreign ministers.
Pakistan is hosting the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC at Parliament House on Sunday.
The foreign ministers of the OIC member states have started to arrive in the federal capital to attend the historic moot, reported Radio Pakistan.
Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaqi arrived in Islamabad to attend the OIC meeting.
The Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Nuryshev Shakhrat and Deputy Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Aibek Artykbaev also reached Islamabad.
The Foreign Ministers of the five Central Asian republics are in India to attend the Third India-Central Asia Dialogue, being hosted on Sunday in New Delhi, by Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
The five Central Asian FMs will also make a joint call on Indian PM Narendra Modi.
The Turkmenistan Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov made a dash to Islamabad on Saturday to register his presence, and also held a bilateral meeting with the Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
However, from Islamabad, the Turkmen Foreign Minister headed to New Delhi to attend Sunday’s meeting in New Delhi.
The New Delhi meeting, which is also expected to focus on Afghanistan, with three of the Central Asian republics sharing physical borders with Afghanistan, would see India and Central Asia further enhance their trade and strategic ties and connectivity.
For the OIC meet, participants would also include special invitees from the United Nations, international financial institutions and some non-member states, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the EU.

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