BD wants OIC’s continued support in Rohingya crisis resolve
Published: 02:44 PM, 29 November 2020 Updated: 06:34 PM, 29 November 2020
Bangladesh has called for continued political and humanitarian assistance to OIC member states until the dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees of Myanmar.
Dr. Mohammad Javed Patwary, Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and OIC Permanent Representative, made the call at the 47th OIC Foreign Ministers conference in Niamey, Niger. The conference was inaugurated by Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou.
At the conference, Ambassador Mohammad Javed Patwary called upon all concerned to be effectively involved in resolving the issue of Islamophobia.
The Ambassador also emphasized the availability of coronavirus vaccines for OIC member states, increased trade between member countries to rebuild their economies and provide humanitarian assistance to member countries as needed.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef al-Othaimeen said that freedom of expression does not mean insulting any religious symbol. “We condemn anti-Islamic statements,” he said.
He added that terrorism is one of the most dangerous threats in the region and globally. He called on Muslim countries to unite for peace and development in the fight against terrorism.
The conference discussed issues including assistance of Gambia in the Rohingya genocide case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Besides Mohammad Javed Patwary, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wahida Ahmed and deputy chief of Mission of the Riyadh Embassy SM Anisul Haque also joined the OIC conference on behalf of Bangladesh.
At the conference, Bangladesh was re-elected as a member of the OIC’s Finance Control Organ (FCO) for 2021-23. As a result, Bangladesh will audit the annual budget of the OIC Secretariat.