New Delhi: In a rare progress, India’s delegate to Saudi Arabia Dr Ausaf Sayeed and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen chaired a meeting on Monday (July 5). The meeting, which is being expressed as a “courtesy visit” in a release by OIC, happened at its headquarters in Jeddah.
According to the OIC release, during the conversation, Secretary-General Al-Othaimeen “expressed wishes …to dispatch a delegation” to Kashmir and called for a “possibility of a negotiation between Pakistan and India” in which the body is “ready to support if the two parties would so request.”
OIC calling for a meet comes even as New Delhi and Islamabad have been involved in unofficial diplomacy. But current incidents of a drone strike in Jammu, and drone breaching security of Indian mission in Islamabad have cast a shadow on the positive evolution.
The last such engagement between India and OIC occurred in 2019 when the then Indian EAM Sushma Swaraj was invited as the “Guest of honor” at the OIC meet. The invite was expanded by the host UAE for the OIC annual FMs meet that happened in Abu Dhabi. Islamabad, which sees the grouping as its zone of influence, was unsatisfied about it.
OIC and India don’t carry a very positive relation, with India condemned at the body a number of times for accomplishing the Kashmir issue.