The Secretary General of OIC Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani is on an official visit to Bangladesh on 22-24 August 2015. During the visit he paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at 1000 hrs on Sunday 23 August 2015. On the same day in the afternoon, he had a meeting with Foreign Minister Mr. A H Mahmood Ali, MP, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is a part of the four OIC member country visit in Asia of Mr. Madani, who has chosen Bangladesh to begin with.
During the call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Mr. Madani recalled the historic decision of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujubur Rahman to join the OIC through participation in the second Islamic Summit in 1974. He briefed the Prime Minister on the initiatives and projects undertaken by him and sought her views to make OIC more active and dynamic.
The Foreign Minister welcomed the Secretary General on his second visit to Bangladesh. He referred to the historic decision of the Father of the Nation to join the Organisation and reaffirmed Bangladesh’s commitment to the fundamental principles of the OIC both in pursuing political solidarity of Muslim Ummah and in promoting cooperation among member states in economic, social, cultural, educational and other vital fields of activities. The Minister expressed the hope that the Secretary General would play a proactive role in addressing the developmental and environmental challenges of the member states of OIC and that OIC should evolve into an effective mouthpiece for articulating the concerns of the member states and stronger voice on such issues in various global fora.
During the call, the OIC Secretary General paid tribute to Bangladesh for her constructive role in OIC endeavours for peace and development in the Muslim world. He expressed particular appreciation for Bangladesh’s consistent support for the cause of Palestine that lies at the core of OIC agenda. The Secretary General pledged all-out efforts for further enhancing the existing cooperation between Bangladesh and OIC in various fields. The Secretary General exchanged views with the Foreign Minister on developments in the regional and international arena, particularly in the Muslim world. Mr. Madani took the opportunity of the meeting to brief the Foreign Minister on the recent developments within the Islamic Ummah and had consultations with him on the Secretary General’s initiatives, projects and steps. The meeting also gave them the occasion to discuss implementation of various resolutions of OIC and holding of various summit level meetings.
The Secretary General led a six-member delegation on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh. He also visited ICDDRB and appreciated the work of the centre of excellence that Bangladesh has developed over the years.
OIC is the second largest international organization (after the UN family) that groups together 57 Muslim-majority countries spread over four Continents. The Organization’s main objective is to protect and promote the interests of the Islamic Ummah in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various peoples of the world.