Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow on a four-day official visit aimed at widening existing cooperation with Bangladesh.
Madani will lead a five-member delegation during his first visit to Bangladesh after taking office of the secretary general on January 1, according to a foreign ministry press release.
During his visit, the secretary general will hold meetings with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque at their offices Sunday.
He is also expected to call on President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, apart from visiting some institutions.
Madani, a former minister of Saudi Arabia, assumed office as the tenth secretary general of OIC after his election in the 12th OIC Summit held in Cairo, Egypt in February 2013.
Bangladesh is among the first few countries that the OIC secretary general decided to visit after taking over the responsibilities.
The OIC is the second largest international organization (after the UN family) that groups together 57 Muslim-majority countries spread over four continents.
It was established through a decision of the summit in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco on September 25 in 1969 in response to an act of criminal arson of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem of Palestine.
The organization’s main is to protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various peoples of the world.