Amb Youssef Aldobeay, assistant secretary general for Political Affairs at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has said the OIC is beside the Government of Bangladesh and will continue to support Bangladesh in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) case.
He reiterated OIC’s full solidarity with Bangladesh for providing shelter to more than one million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals.
An OIC delegation, led by Amb Youssef Aldobeay, called on the foreign minister and state minister for foreign affairs at their offices on Monday.
The delegation deeply appreciates the Government of Bangladesh for the humanitarian assistance provided to the Rohingyas. They applauded the initiatives taken by Bangladesh concerning Bhashan Char and commended the role of the government, in particular the directives of the prime minister, referring to her as the “Mother of Humanity.”
Welcoming the OIC team to Bangladesh, the foreign minister briefed the delegation on the overall construction of Bhashan Char’s infrastructure, the site of a relocation centre for around 100,000 Rohingya people.
He urged the delegation to strengthen their efforts to early repatriation of the Rohingya people who are currently taking shelter in Bangladesh.
Referring to his recent visit to the United States, the minister mentioned his proposal to the secretary of state to appoint a special envoy on Rohingyas who will focus on the Rohingya issue and coordinate their efforts for their repatriation.
The State Minister for Foreign Affairs informed the delegation about the current situation of Rohingya people in Bangladesh, and in this connection, reiterated the position of the Bangladesh government – i.e., the safe, dignified and sustained repatriation of them to their homeland of Myanmar – as the viable solution to end this humanitarian crisis.
He also called upon OIC member states to continue to pressure Myanmar to take back their nationals and expressed his sincere thanks to the OIC member states who contributed to the OIC Fund for Rohingya.
He further requested that the OIC delegation encourage OIC member countries to contribute to the fund to enable Bangladesh and The Gambia to continue with the case in the ICJ and to reach an early and decisive decision.
In this regard, he assured the delegation of Bangladesh’s full cooperation.
During the calls, the visiting OIC assistant secretary general for Political Affairs said that the delegation had seen the condition of the Rohingyas in the camps, and comprehended the request made by the Government of Bangladesh.