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‘Protocol mismatch’ cancels meeting between Khaleda and OIC chief

Update : 10 Mar 2014, 07:38 PM

A meeting that was supposed to be held yesterday between BNP Chairperson Khaldea Zia and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani could not take place, reportedly because of a “protocol mismatch.”

However, BNP officially said the meeting could not take place because of a “schedule mismatch.”

Saying the OIC secretary general on Sunday had expressed wishes to meet the BNP chief, Khaleda Zia’s Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan told the Dhaka Tribune: “We told the OIC delegation that we must be informed one hour before the meeting for our preparation; but there was a schedule mismatch.”

Initially, the journalists were informally informed that the meeting would take place at 3pm at Khaleda’s Gulshan residence; but when the journalists went there, they were told that the meeting had shifted to 5pm.

However, at 4pm, officials of the BNP chief’s press section said the meeting had become uncertain because of a “schedule problem.”

Meanwhile, a senior BNP leader, on condition of anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune that the meeting could not take place because of “protocol mismatch.”

An official of the foreign ministry said under the existing protocol, Khaldea Zia, officially three times former prime minister, did not currently hold any official post.

“She is nothing but a politician, as there is no protocol provision for any former prime minister,” he said. The OIC secretary general, on the other hand, holds the status of a minister.

When contacted, the BNP chief’s adviser Sabihuddin Ahmed, however, said: “I am not aware of any such meeting between the BNP chairperson and OIC secretary general.”

Madani arrived in Dhaka on Sunday and held meetings with President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Finance Minister AMA Muhith and other senior officials of the government. 

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