49th OIC Council of Foreign Ministers held: Foreign Minister Dr. Momen stressed peace and tolerance as the key to stability and security 

Dhaka correspondent: Moshiur Ananda

Foreign Minister Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, who is leading the Bangladesh delegation to the 49th OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) taking place in Nouakchott, Mauritania, from 16-17 March 2023 reiterated Bangladesh’s continued engagements with the OIC, which the principles of peace, prosperity have always guided, and development. This year, the CFM is being held with the theme “Moderation: Key to Security and Stability’’ where several political, economic, social, cultural, and security issues have been discussed.

In his speech at the CFM yesterday (16 March 2023), Dr. Momen highlighted Bangladesh’s prudent navigation of the economy during the COVID-19 period under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He expressed his deep concern at the lack of tolerance and surge of terrorism in various parts of the world, together with the rise of Islamophobia.

Foreign ministers particularly stressed on taking a proactive role in the member states and international actors to address the Rohingya issue. They urged them to remain involved to put continuous pressure on Myanmar authorities to ensure the safe and dignified return of the Rohingyas to their homeland.

Bangladesh has been unanimously elected as the Vice Chair of the Bureau of the 49th Council of Foreign Ministers during this CFM. Bangladesh’s nominated candidate Ms. Sheepa Hafiza won the election of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) Commissioner from Asia Group with Iran and Turkiye.

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