'D-8 may invite other OIC members to meetings'

Group of Eight Islamic Developing Countries comprises Turkey, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria and Pakistan.

'D-8 may invite other OIC members to meetings'
We may also invite other international organisations, which are of interest to us, to share their expertise and complement each other in development initiatives," Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry director-general Amjad Hussain B. Sial told Bernama on the sidelines of the D-8 (Group of Eight Islamic Developing Countries) Commissioners Meeting.

He said each country was doing its bit to complement each other to further boost the intra-trade among D-8 member countries.

"Since we attach great importance in areas of trade cooperation, our intra- trade has increased by 200 percent," he said, adding that although D-8 member states had different political backgrounds, they did not hinder the grouping from pursuing its cooperation in the various fields.

"Look at Asean, for instance, its members are not competing, so D-8 should complement for the betterment of all. Whenever possible, we will try to suppress political issues and concentrate on economic issues.

"D-8 is primarily for development cooperation...nothing to do with politics," said Sial.

On the possibility of having additional membership to help strengthen the grouping, Sial said: "There was probably no request, perhaps not, not to my knowledge.

"But if there is such a request, Pakistan will welcome them, depending on the D-8 decision. All decisisons are by consensus, so we'll see.

"D-8 countries comprise four oil exporting and four oil importing countries. On the other hand, we have natural resources, oil and gas and human capital.

"People are very enterprising and that make us very optimistic about the future of D-8."

D-8 comprises Turkey, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Last Mod: 06 Temmuz 2008, 17:06
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