Bangladesh is committed to the principles of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which calls for Islamic unity and action to resolve issues facing Muslims, according to Iyad Ameen Madani, OIC secretary general, who recently visited the country.
According to reports, Madani said that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured him of Dhaka’s unflinching commitment to the OIC principles.
Madani paid tributes to Bangladesh for helping with various OIC development and peace projects in the Muslim world, including the Palestinian people and hosting the Islamic University of Technology (IUT).
Madani met with the Bangladesh President Mohammed Abdul Hamid and several ministers. He briefed Hamid and Hasina on the OIC’s plans.
His meetings with the ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Education were productive, as both sides agreed to enhance cooperation their respective areas. Other important issues discussed during the meetings included financial support for the OIC, and promoting education, training and capacity building for various bodies.
Madani visited the IUT campus at Gazipur near Dhaka and shared his views on how to turn the university into a center of excellence in science and technology.
He also visited the University of Dhaka and Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), a non-profit company established in 1990 by the Bangladesh government to provide funds for microcredit programs aimed at the poor.
Madani also attended a parliamentary session where he met the speaker of the Parliament.