Heads Of State Decend On Pakistan For D8 Summit

Category: World / Nov 21, 2012 11:50AM EDT
Heads of state landed in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Wednesday (November 21) on the eve of the D-8 summit. The economic bloc of eight developing nations with large Muslim populations meets as diplomats attempt to secure a Gaza truce and heavy fighting rages in Syria. Indonesia's President was the first to arrive, followed by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey make up the rest of the bloc. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Turkish Prime Minister and Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister were expected to arrive later in the day. Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi was due to arrive Thursday (November 22) morning . The summit, which is expected to last for around four hours, will take place in Islamabad's presidential house for security reasons.