Dhaka for comprehensive reforms of OIC to make it stronger

Dhaka for comprehensive reforms of OIC to make it stronger

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Dhaka, Mar 30 – Bangladesh on Thursday underlined the need for bringing a comprehensive reform to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for further strengthening the activities of the 57-member group.“A comprehensive reform of OIC and its system is a crying need of the day both for greater efficiency, dynamism and clout of the Organisation,” said State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam.
Alam made the remarks while speaking at a seminar titled “Upcoming 45th Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of OIC, Dhaka: Revisiting A Shared Journey.
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIIS) organised the event at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BISS) in the city.
He said Bangladesh along with some other countries are working hard with their thoughts and proposals for OIC’s reforms in a number of areas including, rules and procedures, organisational and secretariat issues.
“Bangladesh will be doing its utmost in taking up OIC agenda forward for the Ummah’s interest during its one-year chairmanship,” he added.
The 45th session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) will take place in Dhaka on May this year.
The state minister said Bangladesh has chosen a theme for the Dhaka CFM- “Islamic Values for Sustainable Peace, Solidarity and Development-” for sending a particular message that the Ummah could remain firm in their right track, surmount multifarious challenges and reach the goals of sustainable peace, solidarity and development.
In line with the vision of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of seeing OIC standing firm on its principles and values and the Muslim world is becoming master of its own capable of solving its own problems within itself, he said.
Referring to Rohingya issue, Alam said there would be a separate sideline session on the humanitarian challenges of the Muslim world with special focus on the Rohingyas on May 6.
Prior to that, a visit to Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar will be arranged on May 4.
He said Bangladesh’s leadership role in OIC is going to enhance its good image and strengthen its diplomatic position in safeguarding and promoting its interests not only in the OIC framework but also at global stage with beneficial impacts both at home and abroad.
Chairperson of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Dipu Moni, Chairman of BIISS Munshi Faiz Ahmad, and Director General of BIISS Major General AKM Abdur Rahman also addressed the function.
Ambassadors and members of diplomatic corps, among others, were present on the occasion. – BSS

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