Foreign ministers of the member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on May 4.
They arrived in Dhaka to join the 45th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) scheduled to begin in the capital on May 5.
The foreign ministry will take the foreign ministers of the OIC nations to Cox’s Bazar to visit Rohingya camps on the day before the opening of the conference.
The foreign ministers will talk with Rohingya refugees at the camps, according to the foreign ministry.
The day-long visit is aimed at showing the plights of the worst persecuted Muslim minority to the Muslim leaders from across the world.
Dhaka also wants to use the visit as an opportunity to persuade Muslim countries to take more active and effective steps to find out solutions to the Rohingya crisis.
The government has taken necessary preparations to hold the two-day CFM at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the conference in the presence of the foreign ministers of 57 OIC member states in the morning of May 5.
President Md Abdul Hamid will host a dinner in honour of the visiting foreign ministers at Bangabhaban in the evening.
With the theme “Islamic Values for Sustainable Peace, Solidarity and Development”, the CFM will discuss different multilateral issues with a special focus on the Rohingya crisis.
Talking to the daily sun, a foreign ministry official said Bangladesh would like to exploit the meeting to rebrand the country to Muslim nations.
This is an opportunity to share Bangladesh’s development stories with the OIC member countries besides focusing on challenges the Muslim world are going through these days, the official noted.
“We would like to use the meeting as an opportunity to show the fellow Muslim nations a new emerging Bangladesh,” the official added.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam also told media that the meeting was an outcome an effective diplomatic role of the incumbent government.
He also mentioned that with the arrangement of the vital meeting of the Muslim nations, Bangladesh has established itself as an influential member of the OIC.
This is an opportunity for Bangladesh to enhance its good image and strengthen its position in the leadership role of the Islamic body, said a diplomatic source.
As part of the preparation of the meeting, Bangladesh recently held an inter-ministerial meeting at the foreign ministry to discuss the details of the upcoming event.
With Foreign Affairs Secretary-Bilateral (Asia & Pacific) Mahbub Uz Zaman in the chair, the meeting discussed different issues, including media, publicity and publication.
Bangladesh has also another issue to discuss at the meeting as the country has nominated Kamrul Ahsan, secretary (consular) at the foreign ministry, as a candidate for the post of assistant secretary general (Science and Technology) of the OIC.