Bangladesh calls Muslim Ummah to denounce use of religion to justify violent extremist acts

Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali made the call in Saudi Arabia while attending a plenary session on the life of former Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal.

Ali, in his speech, also invited all Muslim countries to join ranks to address the menace of terrorism and violent extremism in a focused, determined and comprehensive manner.

The foreign ministry on Tuesday said he was visiting Saudi Arabia from Apr 24 to Apr 26 to attend the conference in memory of the Prince organised by the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh.

King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the Custodian of the two holy mosques, inaugurated the conference on Apr 24.

The Bangladesh foreign minister lauded the “active role” of Prince Saud Al Faisal in providing “wise leadership for the cause of Muslim Ummah”.

The deputy prime minister of Bahrain, 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 many countries also attended the conference.

Ali met his Saudi counterpart Adel bin Al-Jubeir on Monday at the Saudi Foreign Office where they have exchanged views on bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest and cooperation.

He conveyed the greetings of Bangladesh Prime Minister to King Salman.

The Saudi minister reiterated that King Salman would like to welcome Bangladesh Prime Minister to the Kingdom for “an official visit soon”.

Both the foreign ministers agreed to meet on a regular basis, noting the last two meetings, one on Jan 6 in Riyadh and another on Mar 8 in Dhaka.

The foreign minister also met Prince Turki bin Abdullah, chairman of King Abdullah Humanitarian Foundation.

Ali appreciated the “commendable job” done by his foundation in Bangladesh by constructing cyclone shelters and carrying out 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, the foreign ministry said.

Source: Bangladesh’s First Internet Newspaper

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