OIC to hold 45th Council of Foreign Ministers session in Dhaka

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ISLAMABAD: The 45th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will be held on Saturday (May 5) in Dhaka under the theme of “Islamic Values for Sustainable Peace, Solidarity and Development”.

According to a message received here on Thursday, the ministers will focus on the issue of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Bangladesh is the appropriate country through which the message of the Islamic world about the suffering of this minority can be conveyed to the international community. The conference will be opened and addressed by Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hassina.

The inaugural session, will also be addressed by Dr Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen , the OIC Secretary General, Abul Hassan Mahood Ali the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, Marcel Amon Tanoh the  Minister for Foreign Affairs of Côte d’Ivoire, President of the current session of the Council of Ministers Foreign Minister, as well as a number of Foreign Ministers of Member States, and  the special  guest of the  Conference, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada, Chrystia Freeland .

The conference will also be addressed by a number of foreign ministers of member states to the makeshift camps in the Cox-Pazar region on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, which hosts the largest number of displaced Rohingya minority exceeding one million refugees, to take stock of their humanitarian situation and see firsthand their suffering.

The meeting will also include a brainstorming session on the humanitarian situation in the Islamic world, with special emphasis on the current situation of the Rohingya minority, whose tragedy will also be projected in a documentary film produced by the OIC General Secretariat.