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Pakistan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar is coming to Dhaka

Pakistan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar is coming to Dhaka to attend the D-8 Ministerial Conference. This will be the first visit to Dhaka by a member of Pakistan’s cabinet in a decade. Earlier in 2012, Pakistan’s then foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar visited Dhaka. He came to Dhaka to invite Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the D-8 summit in Seber Islamabad.
This ministerial-level conference of D-8 will be held in Dhaka next Wednesday. The 20th D-8 conference will be inaugurated virtually by the current president of D-8, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Before this, the meeting of the D-8 Commission will be held in Dhaka on Monday and Tuesday.

In a press conference organized on this occasion on Sunday, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said that food and energy security will be given special importance in the ministerial conference of the D-8 alliance of eight developing countries.

When asked who will be representing the eight countries in the conference, Abdul Momen said, apart from Hina Rabbani Khar, the foreign ministers of seven countries or their representatives will attend the conference. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdullahian, an Assistant Minister of Egypt, Special Envoy of the Indonesian Foreign Minister, Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria and Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey will represent their respective countries at the conference.

When asked whether there will be bilateral talks with Hina Rabbani, the foreign minister said, ‘She is not coming on a bilateral visit. He is coming to the D-8 conference. So we will talk about D-8. Foreign Ministry officials said Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was invited to attend Wednesday’s meeting. However, the new government of Pakistan is sending Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani to Dhaka instead of Bilawal Bhutto.