Published:  04:19 AM, 17 May 2019 Last Update: 04:28 AM, 17 May 2019

Saudi King invites PM to attend OIC summit

Saudi King invites PM to attend OIC summit Acting ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Bangladesh Amer Omer Salem Omar called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban yesterday. -PMO

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to attend the 14th Islamic Summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to be held at Makkah at the end of Ramadan.

Acting Saudi Ambassador in Dhaka Amer Omer Salem Omar on Thursday morning handed over an invitation letter to this end to the Prime Minister at her official residence Ganobhaban in the city, said PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim. He said the prime minister accepted the invitation and assured her presence in the summit. At the meeting, the envoy said the Saudi King cordially invited her to join the OIC summit and conveyed the King's Ramadan greetings to the Prime Minister.

Sheikh Hasina extended her sincere thanks to the Saudi King for his invitation. Expressing satisfaction over the existing bilateral ties between the two countries, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh shares a special relation with Saudi Arabia now. Bangladesh gives special value to Saudi Arabia, she added. In reply, the acting Ambassador said Saudi Arabia also gives values to the bilateral relations with Bangladesh.

Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, PM's Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin and PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan were present at that time. The 14th Islamic Summit is expected to be held in Makkah at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Heads of state and government of 57 countries from the OIC will attend the summit, except for Syria, whose membership has been suspended.

The summit is expected to discuss a series of key issues, with the Palestinian cause at the forefront. The Makkah statement is also set to include several major points that serve the best interest of the Islamic countries, while stressing the importance of OIC member states' commitment to reinforcing unity and solidarity.

The 14th summit comes three years after the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers held an urgent meeting to discuss the ballistic missiles targeting the holy city of Makkah.The 13th meeting took place in Istanbul, Turkey in April 2016 and 50 states attended the meeting.

The OIC is the second biggest international governmental organization after the UN, with membership of 57 states from four continents. It represents the Islamic world and seeks to protect its interests.

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