FM seeks Muslims to denounce Islamist violence
26 April 2016, Nirapad News: Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has reiterated Bangladesh’s call seeking Muslim Ummah’s unity against violent extremism in the name of Islam as is now on a visit to Saudi Arabia to join a memorial conference, reports BSS.
“He (Ali) called upon Muslim Ummah to denounce the use of religion to justify violent extremist acts,” a foreign ministry statement quoted him as saying in the plenary session of a conference on the life of former Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal.
He urged the leader of the Muslim world to join hands in particular to join hands in addressing the “menace of terrorism and violent extremism in a focused, determined and comprehensive manner”.
Deputy Prime Minister of Bahrain Muhammad ibn Mubarak Al Khalifa and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir were others to address the plenary session of the conference on Monday while the event was staged by King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh.
Saudi monarch and custodian of the two holy mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz opened the conference, joined by foreign ministers of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), former President and Prime Minister of Lebanon, OIC Secretary General, Arab League Secretary General and other high level officials from different countries.
In his statement, the Bangladesh foreign minister lauded the active role of Prince Saud Al Faisal for his wise leadership for the cause of Muslim Ummah.
During the visit, Mahmood Ali met his Saudi Arabia counterpart Adel bin Al-Jubeir yesterday at the Saudi foreign ministry where they exchanged views on bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest and cooperation at the UN and other international fora including the OIC.
He conveyed the greetings of Bangladesh Prime Minister to King Salman when Saudi foreign minister reiterated that King Salman would like to welcome Bangladesh Prime Minister to the Kingdom for an official visit soon.
Both foreign ministers agreed to meet on a regular basis, noting the last two meetings, one on January 6 in Riyadh and another on March 8 in Dhaka.
Earlier on April 24, 2016, Bangladesh foreign minister met Prince Turki bin Abdullah, Chairman of King Abdullah Humanitarian Foundation.
He appreciated the commendable job done by his foundation in Bangladesh by constructing cyclone shelter and activities for poverty alleviation.
Turki bin Abdullah lauded the development activities in Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and hoped to work for further strengthening of other relations with Bangladesh.