Bangladesh will host 45th Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Dhaka in 2018.
The decision was made during Meeting of 44th CFM of OIC in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Tuesday, the 44th CFM was inaugurated by Cote d’Ivoirian President Alassane Ouatara on July 10, 2017.
The meeting was chaired by the Cote d’Ivoirian Foreign Minister Marcel Amon Tanoh and Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali was leading the Bangladesh delegation.
With this opportunity of hosting CFM, Bangladesh has become a part of the OIC Troika and an influential member of the important 8 member OIC Executive Committee for the next three years.
The theme chosen for this year’s Council was ‘Youth, Peace and Development in a World of Solidarity’.
Mahmood Ali conducted a brainstorming session during the Abidjan CFM where referring to the theme Mahmood Ali suggested full participation of the Muslims especially the youth in human endeavours for transforming the world emphasising on a life of enlightenment, scientific enquiry, technology and innovation to bring positive change in our societies.
Centring the Palestine issue the member States also discussed challenges of internal conflicts, fratricidal civil wars, factional and sectarian feuds, instability and tension across a large part of the Muslim world, terrorism and violent extremism, Islamophobia, humanitarian crises, regressions and ills of Muslim societies including problems of poverty and underdevelopment.
Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister also spoke for Rakhine Muslims by reminding CFM member to support Rakhine Muslims’ repatriation by restoring their rights.
He also suggested undertaking of bold collective initiatives and joint projects under the newly taken up OIC second ten year development plan called OIC 2025 Programme of Action.
Mahmood Ali’s delegation includes Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and permanent representative to OIC Golam Moshi as well as officers from the Foreign Ministry and Bangladesh Mission in Riyadh.
Foreign ministers of a large number of member states and Representatives of observer states, various OIC institutions and international organisations attended the Council.