State Minister Shahriar leaves Dhaka to join OIC emergency meeting in Istanbul

He is leading a five-member delegation for an executive committee meeting of foreign ministers to be held in Istanbul on Tuesday, the foreign ministry said.

Bangladesh is a member of the eight-member OIC executive committee. 

The meeting would discuss “the continuing support of the resilience of the Maqdisites (Jerusalemites) to preserve their identity and the Islamic sacred sites in Al-Quds Al-Sharif in light of recent developments aimed at restricting the entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque,” said a statement by the OIC.

It said the meeting aims also send a unified message from the Muslim world to the international community, demanding it to commit Israel, the occupying power, to respect the resolutions of the international legitimacy, the Geneva Conventions and all resolutions on the Palestinian issue, especially Al-Quds Al-Sharif, an integral part of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967.

On Jul 24, the OIC held an emergency meeting with permanent representatives of OIC member states to discuss the latest Israeli escalation against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and an international forum on Al-Quds in Azerbaijan’s Baku.

State Minister Alam will convey that the people and government of Bangladesh condemn violations by Israel and stand in solidarity with the Palestinian brothers and sisters, said the foreign ministry.

Alam is expected to stress the importance of creating mass awareness in non-Muslim states in favour of the rights of the Palestinians.

The state minister will also call for the unification of the Muslim world and urge the UN Security Council and UNESCO to fulfil their resolution for the protection of the people of Palestine and its holy places.