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Foreign Minister Momen, Secretary Masud test positive for Covid-19

  • Published at 01:47 pm November 25th, 2020
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen have tested positive for Covid-19 UNB

Their planned visit to Niger for the 47th session of the OIC Council of foreign ministers have been cancelled

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Foreign Affairs Secretary Masud Bin Momen have tested positive for coronavirus—but none of them are in danger, confirmed the ministry through a press note on Wednesday.

Prior to their Niger tour for the 47th foreign minister-level conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the samples of the duo were tested on Monday and the result came positive on Tuesday, read the note signed by Senior Information Officer Tawhidul Islam of the ministry.

Their visit has been cancelled due to being in self-isolation now, according to the ministry.

Mentionable, the foreign minister is the latest cabinet member to be infected with the deadly virus. Previously, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam was diagnosed with Covid-19 on November 13.  

With the theme United against Terrorism for Peace and Development, the two-day 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers starts at Niger’s capital Niamey on November 27.

Foreign Minister Momen was supposed to lead Bangladesh delegation in the event, where top officials of the ministry and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the OIC will join.

A Bangladesh delegation comprising officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh and Bangladesh Permanent Mission in OIC will represent Bangladesh at the OIC meeting, MoFA said.

The OIC will discuss ways to raise funds for supporting the Rohingya case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the meeting, reports UNB.

The OIC Secretariat in a media statement said the Council will discuss the situation of Muslim minorities and communities in non-member states, how to raise funds for the Rohingya case at the ICJ, as well as civilizational, cultural and religious dialogue promotion, and other matters that may come before the council.

Placed on the agenda of this year’s CFM session, Secretary General Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen said it is a list of topics and issues of concern to the Muslim world.

In addition to the Palestinian cause, the fight against violence, extremism and terrorism, Islamophobia and religious defamation will also be discussed.

The OIC foreign ministers will also discuss, over two days, political, humanitarian, economic, socio-cultural and other issues related to science and technology, the media and the implementation progress on the OIC plan of action 2025.

The other item on the agenda is a brainstorming session on “Security and Humanitarian Challenges Confronting African Sahel States Members of the OIC”.

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar district.

The Gambia filed a more than 500-page Memorial, which also includes more than 5000 pages of supporting material, in its lawsuit against Myanmar at the ICJ in The Hague, making its case for how the Government of Myanmar is responsible for genocide against Rohingya.

In November 2019, The Gambia opened a case at the ICJ, also known as the World Court, against Myanmar for failing to prevent or punish genocide against Rohingya Muslims.

On January 23, 2020, the ICJ unanimously indicated legally binding provisional measures, requiring the Government of Myanmar to take all steps within its power to prevent the commission of all acts of genocide, such as killing, causing serious mental or bodily harm, and other acts listed in the Genocide Convention.

It also requires the government to preserve evidence of genocide and to report to the court every six months on its progress implementing the order, among other measures.

On September 22, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Thomas Andrews, presented satellite photographs of a Rohingya village–Khan Da Para, also known as Kan Kya, in Rakhine State—before and after it was attacked and destroyed in military-led “clearance operations” in August 2017.

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