Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen has extended his sincere congratulations to Ambassador Hussein Ibrahim Taha from the Republic of Chad who has been elected as the new Secretary General for a five-year term starting from November 17, 2021.
Al-Othaimeen expressed his wishes for success to the new Secretary General, in his mission to continue working for promoting joint Islamic action, in the interest of the peoples and countries of the Islamic world.
Ambassador Hussein Taha, was honored to take the oath after announcing his election as Secretary General of the organization, at the forty-seventh session of the Council of Foreign Ministers, which concluded its work on Saturday in Niamey, Niger, according to OIC Secretariat.
On his part, Al-Othaimeen also thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the hosting state of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, headed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his crown prince, HRH Prince Muhammad bin Salman, for their continuous trust and support during his tenure.
He also thanked Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan for his continued support, in addition to all colleagues in the Foreign Ministry.
Bangladesh has urged the OIC member States to continue political and humanitarian support to Bangladesh until dignified repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar is ensured.
Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary made the call at the 47th session of the Islamic Council of Foreign Ministers in Niamey, Niger on Saturday.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen was supposed to lead the Bangladesh delegation at the meeting but his visit was cancelled as he had tested positive for COVID-19 hours before his departure.
Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen also missed the event as he also tested positive for COVID-19.
The meeting discussed various issues including ways for supporting the Rohingya case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), according to Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar district.
The Gambia filed a more than 500-page Memorial, which also includes more than 5000 pages of supporting material, in its lawsuit against Myanmar at the ICJ in The Hague, making its case for how the Government of Myanmar is responsible for genocide against Rohingya.
In November 2019, The Gambia opened a case at the ICJ, also known as the World Court, against Myanmar for failing to prevent or punish genocide against Rohingya Muslims.
On January 23, 2020, the ICJ unanimously indicated legally binding provisional measures, requiring the Government of Myanmar to take all steps within its power to prevent the commission of all acts of genocide, such as killing, causing serious mental or bodily harm, and other acts listed in the Genocide Convention.
The OIC CFM was opened on Friday by Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger, who affirmed that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is important to its member states, and that his country plays an active role in the Organization.
He also extended his appreciation to the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen for the work he did for the Organization.
On his part, Dr. Al-Othaimeen said that the choice of the theme for the session, “United against Terrorism for Peace and Development”, is a strong reminder that “terrorism is the single most serious threat to the region and the world, given its negative impact on growth rates and cooperation ties, in addition to worsening Human Development Indices (HDI) ranking.”
He also valued the role assigned to the OIC Sawt al-Hikma (Voice of Wisdom) Center, which acts in coordination with the International Islamic Fiqh Academy to bring reason to bear and promote moderation and tolerance.
The Secretary General offered his gratitude to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Niger for his gracious patronage of the meeting, and also thanked the people and government of the republic of Niger for the organization of the meeting and the warm hospitality.
He extended his appreciation to all African member states for their keen involvement and support of the work led by the OIC.
Al-Othaimeen also commended the dedicated efforts the United Arab Emirates (UAE) exerted during its tenure, as the Chair of the esteemed Council’s 46th session, and the efforts the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia deploys in its capacity as the host country of the OIC and chair of the 14th Islamic Summit.
He expressed his deepest gratitude and appreciation for the care and attention given to the Organization’s activities in their entirety, under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman, may they be under Allah’s protection forever.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and its representative as Chair of the Islamic Summit, said that the Kingdom has donated a piece of land for the construction of the permanent building of the OIC General Secretariat.
Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation in the UAE, delivered a speech where she referred to the activities that Abu Dhabi carried out during its chairmanship of the 46th Session of the ICFM, noting that her country has learned from the Organization the importance of advancement in diverse issues.
Al-Hashemy handed over the chairmanship of the Council to the Foreign Minister of the Republic of the Niger.
Speeches were also delivered by the foreign ministers of Tunisia, Senegal, Turkey, on behalf of the Arab, African and Asian groups, in addition to the speech of the African Union, the guest of this Session.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been filed to bridge the gap between the ICT Industries of Bangladesh and Malaysia to explore and develop the opportunities on Saturday.
BMCCI President Raquib Mohammad Fakhrul (Rocky) and BASIS President Syed Almas Kabir signed a Tri Party MoU among BMCCI, BASIS and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) at BMCCI Office, said a press release.
Mushfiqur Rahman, Vice President (Finance), Moon Mondal Rajib, Executive of Corporate Affairs from BASIS side, Mahbubul Alam, Secretary General, Dato' Goonahalam Subramaniam, Joint Secretary General and Syed Moinuddin Ahmed, Treasurer from BMCCI Side were present there among others.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said it is India’s duty to assist other countries, including the nations in its neighbourhood, in the collective fight against the virus.
He stressed that India considers vaccines as not only vital to good health but also as a global good.
Modi asked the scientists to express their free and frank opinion on how the country could further improve its regulatory process.
The scientists also presented an overview of how they are also developing various new and repurposed drugs to better fight COVID-19, according to Press Information Bureau of India.
Prime Minister Modi held a three-city tour to Serum Institute of India in Pune, Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad and Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad to personally review the development and manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccine.
The visit aimed at getting a first-hand perspective of the preparations, challenges and roadmap in India’s endeavour to vaccinate its citizens.
On his visit to Serum Institute of India, Pune, the Prime Minister was briefed about the institute’s plan to ramp up manufacturing of biotechnology company Novavax’ Covishield vaccine and the progress on the same.
Modi interacted with the team comprising doctors and scientists and also visited the vaccine manufacturing facility.
Earlier in the day, he visited the Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad to know more about the indigenous DNA based vaccine being developed by Zydus Cadila.
Modi complimented the team for their work and assured them that the Government of India is actively working with them to support them in this journey.
During his visit to Bharat Biotech facility in Hyderabad, the Prime Minister was briefed about their indigenous COVID-19 vaccine.
He congratulated the scientists for their progress in the trials so far.
The scientists expressed joy that the Prime Minister met them face to face in order to boost their morale and help accelerate their efforts at this critical juncture in the vaccine development journey.
Prime Minister Modi expressed pride in the fact that India’s indigenous vaccine development has progressed at such a rapid pace so far.
He spoke on how India is following sound principles of science in the entire journey of vaccine development, while also asking for suggestions to make the vaccine distribution process better.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina felicitated their respective counterparts on the occasion of Independence Day of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on Saturday.
The President, in his message, said Bangladesh and Mauritania enjoy cordial relations at both bilateral and multilateral levels.
He expressed hope that the bonds of friendship and cooperation existing between the two countries would be further strengthened for the prosperity of the two peoples in the days ahead.
In her message, the Prime Minister stated that Bangladesh values its amicable relations with Mauritania, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
She said the existing ties of friendship, understanding and cooperation between the two countries would continue to thrive through concerted efforts in the coming days to the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries.
The President and the Prime Minister also extended good wishes for good health, happiness and long life of their respective counterparts and continued peace, advancement and prosperity for the brotherly people of Mauritania.