Strong OIC role needed to resolve conflicts among Muslims: PM

Special Correspondent
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed the need for a significant role of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in forging unity of the Muslim community and resolving conflicts among them.
“The OIC will have to play a stronger role in preventing bloodshed among the Muslim community,” she said when Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif paid a courtesy call on her at the prime minister’s office on Wednesday.
Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the reporters after the meeting.
“Muslims are shedding their blood because of their divisions while a third party or country is enjoying the benefits of it,” Sheikh Hasina said while referring to the conflicts among the Muslims.
The conflicts between the Muslim countries could be resolved bilaterally or multilaterally, the prime minister opined.
Mentioning that religious harmony prevails in Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina informed the Iranian minister that she has adopted two Shia girls, who were affected by the devastating Nimtali fire.
Describing the cultural ties between Bangladesh and Iran as historical, she said: “Many Farsi words have been coined into Bangla language.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday night to attend the two day-long third IORA Blue Economy Ministerial Conference, conveyed the greetings of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the Prime Minister. The two–day conference started in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Describing the progress of Bangladesh as a commendable achievement, Javad said: “I am highly impressed with the socio-economic development of Bangladesh, and it has only been possible for your (Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina) personal leadership.”
The Iranian minister also appreciated the role of the prime minister in the OIC forum.
He expressed satisfaction over the existing relations between the two countries and said: “The bilateral relationship prevailing between the countries is good.”
Javad Zarif informed the prime minister that Tehran is going to hold a seminar in 2020, marking the birth centenary of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
On her country’s stance on relations with OIC member states, he said: “We want unity. We want good relations with all the OIC members including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
He apprised Sheikh Hasina of the present situation of Iran after the recent US sanctions and his country’s scientific development, saying: “The Iranian economy is recovering and overcoming the challenges after the sanction.”
The Iranian minister said his country does not want to spend money on arms.
Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman and Iranian Ambassador in Dhaka Mohammad Reza Nafar were present on the occasion.

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