Three days after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed the inaugural plenary of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as 'Guest of Honour', former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has accepted that he made a mistake by stating that accepting OIC invite was a 'grave diplomatic error'.
On February 24, 2019, Yashwant Sinha took to Twitter and questioned that 'will India accept all the resolutions OIC has passed on J&K' now that it accepted the invitation of OIC.
"By accepting the OIC invite we have lent recognition and respectability to it. Do we accept now all the resolutions OIC has passed on J&K? It is a grave diplomatic error on the part of the govt of India like receiving the Crown Prince of S Arabia with such fanfare."
Four days after Yashwant Sinha's tweet, External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj was received in Abu Dhabi with full diplomatic protocol. In her speech, she focused on how terrorism is a 'great peril' to the entire global community. Furthermore, EAM Sushma Swaraj listed major regions that are victims of terrorism as the reach of this global menace is expanding.
Now, two days after Sushma Swaraj's address at OIC, Yashwant Sinha has again taken to Twitter to change his statement on OIC from 'grave diplomatic error' to 'Huge diplomatic win'. He wrote:
It was a huge diplomatic win for India, External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj was received in Abu Dhabi with full diplomatic protocol even as Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had given out a statement that he "will not attend Council of Foreign Ministers as a matter of principle for having extended invitation as a Guest of Honour to Sushma Swaraj".
An Empty Pakistani chair at OIC could be spotted as 'Guest of Honour' Sushma Swaraj set the agenda during her speech.
Mehmood had officially apprised to the OIC of a probable boycott to the event if the invitation extended to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was not withdrawn.
In a letter, the Pakistan Foreign Minister wrote to OIC Secretary-General Dr Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen that Pakistan would be compelled to reassess their presence at the event if Indian Foreign Ministry would be in attendance.