Officials from eight major Muslim nations have begun four days of talks in Islamabad aimed at increasing economic ties.
Developing 8 Countries
Opening the meeting, Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said the Developing 8, or D-8, group of countries' share in global trade could reach $500 billion by 2018.
The presidents of Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia, and Nigeria along with leaders of Bangladesh and Malaysia will participate in a one-day D-8 leadership summit in Islamabad on November 22.
A trade exhibit and a business forum are part of the meeting.
The heads of central banks of the D-8 states will also be deliberating on new ways of cooperation.
The D-8 was set up in 1997 to forge closer economic links between emerging economies in the Muslim world.
Based on reporting by dpa, BBC Urdu, and the Associated Press of Pakistan
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