Sushma Swaraj 
Sushma Swaraj 

Sushma to attend OIC plenary meet, India not in favour of cancelling Samjhauta Exp

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New Delhi, Feb 28: On the backdrop of India-Pakistan conflict after the aerial strike on JeM camps in Pakistan and the attempt by Pakistan to escalate tension, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be attending the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) inaugural plenary session on Friday.

Government sources said on Thursday India is also not in favour of cancelling Samjhauta Express between Lahore and Attari. Ms Swaraj will be the first External Affairs Minister from India to attend the OIC meet, which has been generally taking strong stance against New Delhi vis-a-vis the Pakistani position on Jammu and Kashmir.

A source said Ms Swaraj will be speaking on long and historical relation between India and UAE and India's participation in the OIC plenary has nothing to do with any other member of OIC attending the meeting or not.

Last week the MEA in a statement welcomed the gesture shown by UAE and said, “We see this invitation as the desire of the enlightened leadership of the UAE to go beyond our rapidly growing close bilateral ties."

In fact, in a statement the UAE government last week said, '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-hounoured and deeply rooted cultural and historical legacy, and its important Islamic component."

Amid reports that Pakistan has cancelled Samjhauta Express on its side, the Indian government source maintained there is no such proposal at this end because government of India is not in favour of putting at halt people to people relations.

The government has also made it clear that the proposed meeting on Kartarpur corridor between officials from Foreign Ministries in both countries is also not cancelled. They are welcome if they come is the refrain taken by one Indian official. (UNI)