KUALA LUMPUR  - Malaysia is all set to host the Sixth Summit of the Group of Eight Islamic Developing Countries (D-8) on Tuesday (today), with the country taking over the grouping's Chair from Indonesia for the next two years. Three leaders - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousof Raza Gilani - had arrived in the city to attend the summit. Others attending the summit include the Chief Adviser to the Bangladesh Government Fakhruddin Ahmed, Raymond Nwobodo Okenwa, Nigeria's Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology; Egyptian Minister of State for International Cooperation Fayza Mohamed Abdoul Naga and Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan. The grouping comprises Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. With the G-8 got under way in Japan, leaders of the world's largest Islamic nations have assembled for the D-8 summit in Kuala Lumpur, with the issue of inflation high on the agenda. The leaders are expected to endorse the KL Declaration and declare acceptance of a 10-year roadmap for economic collaborations among member states of the D-8. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani arrived here on Monday for the 6th Summit of the Developing 8 countries (D8). Gilani was greeted on arrival by Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Gilani is the third leader of the D8 to arrive here for the summit. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived on Monday morning while Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrived on Sunday. Gilani is leading a 50-member delegation, including eight members of Pakistan's National Assembly, to the D8 Summit. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi is not part of the delegation as he is attending a United Nations-related meeting in the duration of the Summit. This is 56-year-old Gilani's first visit to Malaysia after taking the oath of office as Pakistan's 22nd prime minister on March 25 this year. Gilani is expected to have a bilateral meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on the sidelines of the summit. He will also be engaged in similar meetings with leaders of other D-8 members Indonesia and Bangladesh. Other members of the grouping are Egypt, Iran, Nigeria and Turkey. Pakistan's focus at the summit is expected to be on intra D8 trade and the need to invest in research and development for the development of alternative energy such as wind and solar power, in the wake of the rise in the global oil price. Trade between Malaysia and Pakistan breached the 1 billion U.S. dollars mark in 2007, and Pakistan expects this to double in 2008, with the implementation of the free trade pact from January this year. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Monday held four bilateral sessions with two heads of government and another two with foreign ministers on the sidelines before officially opening the D-8 summit Tuesday. Despite a hectic schedule, the prime minister kicked off his first round of bilateral talks with Susilo, followed by Babacan, Ahmedinejad and Fayza. Each session lasted about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan has announced that a permanent secretariat for the D-8 will be established in Istanbul. On the sidelines, Malaysia and Indonesia launched the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on Monday, which will see a solution to amicably-resolved issues that often surface between the two neighbours. The group will function as the highest advisory body and would submit recommendations to the respective leaders for discussion at the annual consultation amongst them.