The D-8 Council of Ministers on Saturday expressed their commitment to continue support Bangladesh and the displaced Rohingyas in their return and reintegration in Myanmar.
The Council at its 18th session held in Ankara Turkey also lauded Bangladesh’s move to give shelter to the forcibly displaced Rohingya Muslims.A Bangladesh delegation led by the Secretary (Asia-Pacific) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mahbub Uz Zaman took part in the 18th Session of the D-8 Council of Ministers in Antalya.
The Secretary was accompanied by the Director General (International Organizations) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs AFM Gousal Azam Sarker and Bangladesh Ambassador to Turkey M. Allama Siddiki.
The Session was attended by delegations of D-8 member countries as well as the head of D-8 Chambers of Commerce and Industry (D-8 CCI).
In his speech, Mahbub expressed thanks and deep appreciation to the D-8 countries for their support and cooperation in addressing the Rohingya crisis.
He also recalled the three-point recommendations recently made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a high-level event on the global compact on Refugees held in September 2018.
He called upon all to exert pressure on Myanmar for return and repatriation of the Rohingya people from Bangladesh to their homeland in safety, security and dignity.Mahbub reiterated the commitment of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a co-founder of D-8, to the strengthening of the D-8 Organization.
He also requested the D-8 member countries to accept Bangladesh’s request for 30 per cent Local Value Addition Criteria facility under the Rules of Origin of the D-8 Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA).
Bangladesh sought this facility as an LDC and it has ratified and joined the D-8 PTA, said the Bangladesh mission in Ankara.
Prior to the Council Meeting, the D-8 Commissioners met in a two-day long Session to finalise the outcome documents and preparation for the Ministerial Meeting.
Director General (International Organizations) and Bangladesh Commissioner to D-8 led his delegation to the Commission Meeting.
The Heads of Delegations discussed ways of enhancing cooperation especially in the fields of trade, commerce and investment.
The gathering put emphasis on the finalization of D-8 Decennial Road Map-2020-2030, the D-8 University, the D-8 Project Support Fund and some other documents on important initiatives taken up under Turkish Chairmanship with the 9th D-8 Summit.
The Joint Declaration of the D-8 CCI, which was the outcome of the D-8 CCI Business Forum of the D-8 Countries’ Chambers of Commerce and Industries on 2 November 2018, was read out during the Session and it was appreciated by the Council.
Bangladesh will host the next Summit of the D-8 and Council of Ministers meeting towards the end 2019/early 2020 and assume D-8 Chairmanship.
The Bangladesh delegation apprised the Council of the preparedness of Bangladesh for this and the Council appreciated it.