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D-8 Meeting

Gowher to represent PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be unable to attend the D-8 summit in Islamabad scheduled for November 22 because of a conflict in her schedule, said a spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office yesterday.

The premier's International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi will represent her at the summit, PM's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad said.

"The prime minister had been very much looking forward to visiting Islamabad to attend the meeting of D-8 of which she was one of the founder members.

"But she has had to cancel her plan because of a conflict in her schedule," he said.

Azad further said that the premier had a previous commitment to attend the Armed Forces Day celebrations in Dhaka on November 21.

And that is why it would be impossible for her to reach Islamabad for the summit the following morning, he added.

The D-8 (Developing 8) countries comprise Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Indonesia and Malaysia. The second summit of the group was held in Bangladesh in March, 1999.

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It takes only 2.5 hours from Dhaka to Islamabad. Is this a lame excuse? Most likely, it is.

: Truth Teller

It is a bad dicision. It is a summit. If the pM is unable to attend then the Foreign Minister or other senior cabinet minister should represent the PM not an adviser.

: Sayeed Haque


  • neutral
    Friday, November 16, 2012 05:26 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    At least 6 out of 8 D-8 member countries are passing throgh internal and external pressure for maintainging peace in their respective country and region. The political agenda is not likely to move further except reviewing the progress made after the second summit in Dhaka. The need for lasting peace in the middle east might get some preference over other regional and global flash point of conflict.





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