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Dhaka hopes to win OIC assistant secy post

May 05, 2018 00:00:00

Bangladesh has geared up its campaign in support of its candidate for the post of OIC assistant secretary general for science and technology, reports UNB.

Kamrul Ahsan, secretary (bilateral and consular) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been nominated for the post of assistant secretary general for science and technology for the Asia group of OIC.

Elections in this regard will be held during the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) here on Saturday-Sunday.

OIC member state Kazakhstan also filed nomination for the post, an official told the news agency, adding that Bangladesh, as the host of the CFM, wants to see a positive result in the said election.

He expressed the hope that Bangladesh will get the support of 10 out of 18 countries required to win the election.

This is important to carry out an extensive campaign for Bangladesh candidature once the foreign delegates are in Dhaka to join the conference, the official said.

Already some Bangladesh missions are engaged in this campaign.

Seven Bangladesh Ambassadors from various missions abroad are engaged in Dhaka to continue their campaign to make sure the Bangladesh candidate comes out successful, said a diplomatic source.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali during his India visit to attend the Raisina Dialogue, India's flagship conference on geopolitics and geo-economics, formally introduced Kamrul to the representatives of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) envoys.

Officials in Dhaka said they are hopeful of winning the post of the OIC Assistant Secretary General taking advantage of the host country.

The 45th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (OIC-CFM) begins here on Saturday with a special focus on Rohingya issue and other challenges facing the Muslim Ummah.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to open the two-day event at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city in the morning.

The theme of the year is "Islamic Values for Sustainable Peace, Solidarity and Development."

This is the second time that Bangladesh is hosting a CFM after holding the first in 1983, the official said.

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