Dhaka Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen called on the member states to channel part of their humanitarian assistance through the OIC General Secretariat in line with the resolutions of the foreign ministers.
Al-Othaimeen also called on the member states, their charitable institutions and civil society organizations to assist the General Secretariat in its humanitarian efforts. In this context, he expressed appreciation of all member states, particularly Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Indonesia and Turkey for their generous efforts in alleviating the suffering of the Islamic Ummah.
He made the remarks in his address to the brainstorming session on the humanitarian challenges faced by member states including the Rohingya plight, organized by the OIC Department of Cultural, Family and Humanitarian Affairs in cooperation with the Bangladeshi Foreign Ministry, on the sidelines of the 45th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Dhaka on May 5-6.
Al-Othaimeen urged Myanmar’s government to cooperate with Bangladesh to allow the safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees to their homeland and to grant them the full citizenship rights they had been stripped of since 1982. He said the situation on the ground requires the member states to address the consequences of humanitarian crises on the one hand and to address their root causes on the other.
The secretary general also stressed the importance of paying more attention to the OIC Development and Humanitarian Assistance Office in Niger, which has been transformed into a regional office following the resolution adopted by the CFM in Abidjan in 2017, to meet the needs of the Lake Chad basin countries and the countries of the Sahel region in general.
The OIC chief appealed for supporting Bangladesh in its humanitarian efforts to overcome the critical stage of this unprecedented tragedy unfolding on its borders.
Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, who opened the brainstorming session, underlined his country’s keen interest to follow up the humanitarian situation of the Rohingyas, amid the immense suffering endured by the minority.
It is noteworthy that the OIC Information Department has broadcast a documentary about the situation of displaced Rohingya refugees in camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border and near Cox’s Bazaar. The film includes clips of statements by the OIC chief and the foreign minister of Bangladesh as well as firsthand testimonies.
Source: International Islamic News Agency