D-8 Group to Hold 3rd Annual Summit in Cairo
The economic group of eight developing Muslim
countries, known as the D-8, is scheduled to hold its third annual summit on 25 February in Cairo, reported the Iranian News Agency (IRNA).
Comprising Egypt, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey, the D-8 was formed in 1997 following an initiative by the then Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan to promote inter-Muslim economic and trade cooperation.
The D-8 summit will be attended, for the first time, by the secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Countries (OIC) and the chairman of the Islamic Bank for Development, said IRNA.
The second summit was held in Dhaka in March 1999.
This group, devised as a potential developing world partner to the G-7 group of rich countries, is also open to non-Muslim countries – Albawaba.com