Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her speech read at the OIC summit in Istambul by the foreign minister, said unity was needed to pursue the “great Islamic values of fraternity, justice and inclusion”.
Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali led the Bangladesh delegation at the 13th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the foreign ministry said.
The two-day summit ended on Friday.
Around 30 Heads of States and governments and foreign ministers of over 20 countries joined the meet, themed on “Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace” in the context of the current volatile conditions in the Muslim world.
Internal conflicts and fratricidal civil wars, sectarianism, terrorism and violent extremism, Islamophobia, humanitarian and natural disasters, regression of the Muslim society, problem of Palestine, poverty, issues of development and OIC ten year Programme of Action were been discussed in the summit.
The leaders stressed unity and solidarity to address challenges facing the Ummah.
They have agreed to work for joint Islamic action that the OIC would pursue over the next three years.
Towards that end, the leaders, under the new chairmanship of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, adopted several documents -Resolution on Palestine, OIC 2025: Programme of Action, Final Communiqué and the Istanbul Declaration, among them.
The Bangladesh Prime Minister stressed the creation of an OIC humanitarian mechanism and OIC support system to fight climate change impacts while calling for collective action against poverty.
In this connection, she also called for the implementation of the OIC-2025 Programme of Action to eradicate poverty.
She referred to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s call for unity and solidarity within the Muslim Ummah issued during the second OIC Summit in 1974.
Hasina reiterated her government’s “zero tolerance” of terrorism and violent extremism, and emphasised inter-faith dialogue to stop Islamophobia.
She underscored the need for quick implementation of the OIC preferential and free trade arrangements.
She also called for the settlement of the Palestinian problem and joined other leaders to work together in solidarity with the Muslim minorities including the Rohingyas.
Earlier, on Apr 12-13, the Bangladesh foreign minister attended the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers preparatory meeting before the Summit.
He also attended a meeting of the OIC Ministerial Contact Group on Rohingya Muslim Minority of Myanmar and discussed within the group a plan to engage with the new government in Myanmar.
Director General of the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) Waleed Alwohaib called on the foreign minister on Apr 13.
He reassured Ali that Bangladesh would continue to get “the highest level of assistance in poverty eradication projects”, according to the foreign ministry.