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OAS hails Bangladesh on Rohingya issue

DHAKA, Jan 5, 2018 (BSS) - The Organization of American States (OAS) has highly appreciated Bangladesh's role in tackling the Rohingya crisis.

The appreciation came when Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Mohammad Ziauddin presented copies of his Letters of Commission to Ambassador Luis Almagro Lemes, the secretary general of the OAS at the OAS Headquarters in Washington on Thursday, according to a message received here today.

The Bangladesh ambassador assured the OAS secretary general of providing a value to the continental body based on its shared convictions in the areas of democracy, human rights, security and development.

Ziauddin said Bangladesh plans to use the status as permanent observer to strengthen its ties with the region and to promote mutual understanding and assistance to the hemisphere.

On December 01, 2016, Bangladesh was granted the status of permanent observer to the oldest regional organization in the world.

The organization was founded on 30 April 1948 for the purposes of regional solidarity and cooperation among its member states. The Washington-based organization has 34 members and 72 permanent observers.

Ambassador Ziauddin told the OAS secretary general that the permanent observer status of the body will contribute to the Bangladesh government's endeavor to expand its diplomatic outreach.

He added that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina believes that in today's globalized world, it is inevitable and imperative to build and strengthen friendship with friends in distant shore.

Ziauddin briefed Almagro Lemes on Bangladesh's growing economy and women empowerment as well as development activities under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The OAS secretary general applauded Bangladesh's efforts in eradicating poverty and advancement in socioeconomic development.

He suggested Bangladesh to remain engaged with other regional organizations of the American continent.