Sushma Swaraj attends Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting

External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj is attending the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Abu Dhabi at a time when situation between India and Pakistan is not that peaceful.

Addressing the meet on Friday, Swaraj said that the states must be confronted that provide shelter and terrorists in their countries although she did not mention Pakistan in her address.

Swaraj said, “The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion. It cannot be. Just as Islam literally means peace, none of the 99 names of Allah mean violence. Similarly, every religion in the world stands for peace, compassion and brotherhood”.

It may be noted that Swaraj addressed the OIC hours after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that he would not be attending the meeting over the invitation to the Indian minister. Sushma Swaraj was invited as a “guest of honour” at the inaugural session of the foreign ministers’ conclave in Abu Dhabi.

“If we want to save humanity, we must tell the states who provide shelter and funding to terrorists, to dismantle the infrastructure of the terrorist camps and stop providing funding shelter and funding to the terror organisation based in that country,” she said.

She said, “Terrorism is destroying lives, destabilising regions and putting the world at great peril. Terror reach is growing and the toll it is taking is increasing.”

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