Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia His Excellency Mr. Abdullah M. H. Almutairi paid a courtesy call on the Hon’ble State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Md. Shahriar Alam, MP this afternoon at the Foreign Ministry. They exchanged views on various issues of bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common concern. While updating the latest situation of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals who entered Bangladesh, Hon’ble State Minister expressed deep gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz for extending humanitarian support to the distressed Myanmar nationals as well as for the leading role of the Kingdom for successfully holding summit level meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Rohingya Minority in New York on 19 September 2017 at the sideline of the 72nd UN General Assembly. It may be mentioned that His Majesty King Salman has instructed King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Aid to allocate $ 15 million as humanitarian aid for the Rohingya people. Saudi Arabia has already sent 100 tons of relief materials for them to be distributed through International Organization for Migration (IOM). Saudi Ambassador informed that a Saudi delegation is currently in Cox’s Bazar and another delegation is coming by the end of this week to continue relief support. He reassured that Saudi Arabia will continue to provide support to ensure return of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals.
Saudi Ambassador also informed that the Saudi Government has taken decision to fund $ 20 million for construction of mosques in Bangladesh. An evaluation team from Saudi Arabia is expected to visit Bangladesh shortly to discuss the issue in details with the concerned authorities in Bangladesh.