OIC Foreign Ministers Meet in Dhaka With Focus On Rohingya Muslims Issue

May 5, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Foreign ministers of OIC member countries are in Bangladesh capital Dhaka and likely to discuss in a meeting sustainable repatriation of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals to their home in Rakhine.

The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation is holding the 45th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers — its highest policy making body in the Bangladeshi capital on May 5 and 6.

The theme of the meeting is “Islamic Values for Sustainable Peace, Solidarity and Development”.

The Ministers will focus on the issue of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

On Friday, a good number of foreign ministers and heads of delegations visited Cox’s Bazar which hosts the largest Rohingya refugee camp.

The majority of the approximately 700,000 refugees from Rohingya to have crossed the border since fleeing violence in Myanmar have mostly ended up in Cox’s Bazar.

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua is leading the country’s delegation to the FM’s session.

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir met with ministers of foreign affairs of Maldives, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Canada, separately and respectively, on the sidelines of the meeting in Dhaka.

During the meetings, they discussed issues of common interest, means of enhancing cooperation and bilateral relations between the Kingdom and those countries, in addition to review topics on the agenda of the meeting, report SPA.

The OIC member countries foreign ministers are also expected to discuss a plan for bringing reforms in the OIC for getting the organization ready for pragmatic steps in discharging its responsibilities.

‘There is a proposal for holding a study on reforming the OIC to see things what we have to do,’ BD foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque said on Thursday in Dhaka at a seminar preparatory to the meeting of the foreign ministers.

The ministers might assess the possibility of another proposal for establishing a center for building capacity of the OIC member countries on conflict resolution, he said.

With the FM’s meeting, Rohingya refugee problem is expected to get prominence for humanitarian and human rights aspects of the exodus from Myanmar.

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