One of the most important aspects of the recent OIC summit is the absolute unanimity of the leaders to take a united stand against those individuals and groups who are engaged in tarnishing the image of Islam in the name of religion and on the need to reform the organisation.
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said the above while addressing a press conference in the city Saturday on his return from the summit held in Makkah on December 7-8, reports BSS
Morshed said the conference was attended by all member states of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Reaz Rahman and Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin were present, among others, at the press conference.
The foreign minister said Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, in her intervention at the summit, stated Bangladesh's firm position on terrorism and urged the OIC to clearly condemn all acts of terrorism and to take concrete measures in this connection.
She underscored the need for establishing a multi-lingual OIC electronic media to reach out to peoples across the world in an effort to fight against the alarming phenomena of Islamophobia, he said.
He said Khaleda Zia, in her intervention, called for maintaining a principled stand for a comprehensive solution of the Palestinian question in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions, the Arab Peace Plan and the Road Map.
Morshed said Khaleda Zia, in her deliberations, underscored the need for empowering the huge human resource of the Ummah through education in engineering and technology.
He said the Prime Minister urged upon the leaders for their support in further developing the Dhaka-based Islamic University of Technology (IUT), a subsidiary organ of the OIC and an institution of excellence.
The summit endorsed the proposal to further strengthen this institution by increasing funding and expansion of resources, he said.
These discussions centred on matters of common interest and cooperation. The ways and means to further strengthen the brotherhood among the Muslim Ummah also featured prominently in the bilateral meetings.
He said the leaders of the Islamic countries said that political leaders, academicians and civil society must be together in the fight against those involved in defaming our beloved religion.
Morshed expressed the hope that the political leaders and others would take the message contained in the Mecca Declaration and come together to meet the challenge that our nation is faced with today.