Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka intensifies campaign for its candidate

OIC Asst Secy Gen post

Dhaka intensifies campaign for its candidate

FMs meet in Dhaka in May

Bangladesh has intensified its campaign in supports of its candidate for the post of OIC Assistant Secretary General, Science and Technology, reports UNB. Secretary (Consular) at the Foreign Ministry Kamrul Ahsan is Bangladesh's candidate for the post. Bangladesh formally introduced its candidate of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) post on Wednesday to the representatives of Muslim countries in New Delhi. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali took Bangladesh candidate Kamrul Ahsan to New Delhi with him on Tuesday to introduce him with all envoys. OIC is an international organisation founded in 1969, consisting of 57 member states, with a collective population of over 1.6 billion. Bangladesh High Commission to India Syed Muazzem Ali hosted a dinner in honour of the New Delhi-based ambassadors of OIC member countries on Wednesday evening. Minister Ali, now on a visit to India to attend the Raisina Dialogue, was among the guests at the reception held at the mission's Maitree Hall. Bangladesh made the best use of the event introducing its candidate with all, a Foreign Ministry source told UNB. Kamrul Ahsan, Secretary (Consular) at the Foreign Ministry, also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, Bangladesh contested for the post of OIC Secretary General in 2003 with executed war criminal SQ Chowdhury being the candidate. Bangladesh will host the next round of Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Dhaka in May. Officials in Dhaka said they are hopeful of winning the post of the OIC Assistant Secretary General taking the advantage of the host country. Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister highly appreciated the strong support the OIC countries extended to fellow member Bangladesh in coping with the influx of tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state. Bangladesh is currently providing shelter to over one million forcibly displaced people who fled atrocities in Myanmar. He thanked the OIC members for coming forward with relief assistance to the persecuted Rohingyas. Mahmood Ali expressed the hope that the OIC and the international community will keep their pressure on Myanmar to take back their nationals with dignity and ensure their safe resettlement in their homes, according to Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi. . High Commissioner Muazzem Ali thanked the OIC for sponsoring a UN resolution against Myanmar in last November on the Rohingya issue. The resolution, which was, adopted in the General Assembly's Third Committee, was the result of extensive international support due to the cooperation achieved by the OIC with many states. He said Bangladesh is eagerly waiting to welcome delegates at the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers meeting it will host in May this year.

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