State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam has reached Istanbul on Wednesday to attend the 9th summit of the D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation.
The summit is scheduled to be held on October 20, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Prior to the summit, the state minister will attend the Ministerial Meeting of D-8 on October 19.
The state minister is leading a six-member delegation including director general, international organisations, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh ambassador to Turkey, and consul general of Bangladesh to Istanbul.
The Istanbul Summit will offer D-8 leaders the opportunity of renewing and strengthening bilateral relations and a meaningful cooperation in the fields of trade, investment and people-to-people contacts.
The idea of cooperation among major Muslim developing countries was mooted during a seminar on "Cooperation in Development" held in Istanbul in October of 1996 and the organisation was set up officially and began its activities with the Istanbul Declaration issued at the end of the summit of Heads of State and Government held in Istanbul on June 15, 1997.
Bangladesh is one of the co-founders of this organisation.