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Foreign Ministers of 7 Muslim States to Meet Sunday in Islamabad


Pakistani officials say the foreign ministers of seven predominantly Muslim countries will meet in Islamabad Sunday to discuss a joint strategy for ending the turmoil in the Middle East.

The talks among top diplomats from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia are expected to focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The foreign ministers also will try to set a date for their leaders to meet in Saudi Arabia for a summit hosted by Saudi King Abdullah.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has called for influential Muslim states to join forces in proposing a new Middle East peace initiative. Last month, he visited nine Muslim states in the Middle East and Southeast Asia to promote his plan.

The secretary-general of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference also will attend Sunday's meeting.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.