President seeks OIC’s help in repatriating Rohingya refugees

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DHAKA, Aug 3, 2017 (BSS) – President M Abdul Hamid today sought assistance from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in resolving the Rohingya problems in Bangladesh.

“Provide necessary assistance for repatriation of the Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh,” the President said while OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen paid a courtesy call on him at Bangabhaban here this afternoon.

Abdul Hamid also stressed the need for joint efforts of the Muslim Ummah to resolve the problems of Palestinians and al-Aqsa mosque issue.

Noting that an excellent communal harmony exists in the country, Abdul Hamid said, “Bangladesh is always ready to help the Muslim ummah for its overall development and progress.”

The President thanked the OIC secretary general for his outstanding contribution to the welfare of Muslims across the globe.

Lauding the tremendous development of Bangladesh in different sectors, especially in the women empowerment issue, the OIC secretary general said, “The progress in women empowerment in Bangladesh is an instance for others to follow.”

On terrorism and militancy, he said Islam believes in peace and welfare and there is no room for terrorism and militancy.

He said the OIC would take necessary steps so that the Muslim world can lead the science and technology sector in future.

The OIC secretary general hoped that Bangladesh would play a significant role in establishing world peace and harmony.

Secretaries concerned were also present on the occasion.

The OIC secretary general arrived here last night on a four-day official trip. It is his first ever visit to Bangladesh since his assumption of office of the Jeddah-based organisation.

Earlier, Bangladesh ambassador designate to Kingdom of Sweden Md Nazmul Islam made a courtesy call on President Hamid.

The President asked the ambassador to take necessary steps to enhance job opportunities for Bangladeshi expatriates there.

He also asked the envoy to work for boosting the trade and commerce relations between Sweden and Bangladesh in the coming days.

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