Dhaka 6 March 2017 (Message received from Jakarta, Indonesia, 06 March 2017 morning)
Bangladesh Foreign Policy is based on the basic tenet as enunciated by Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman "Friendship to all malice towards none”. From this basic premise flows “Connectivity, Regional cooperation and full-spectrum engagement with the international community...”, said Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, M.P. Hon’ble Foreign Minister of Bangladesh at the Council of Ministers Meeting (COMM) held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 06 March 2017 on the occasion of the first-ever Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders' Summit in Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Association.
The Meeting was hosted by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, the current Chair of IORA, with the support of IORA Secretariat. The Meeting was attended by Foreign Ministers/ State Ministers from 21 Member States of the IORA- Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. The Bangladesh delegation in the Ministerial Meeting was led by Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, M.P., Hon’ble Foreign Minister of Bangladesh.
Foreign Minister Ali has expressed his satisfaction over IORA’s evolution into a forum which addresses regional and global issues of both human security and human development across several continents during the last 20 years. He also reiterated the commitments of Bangladesh to continue to support the initiatives of IORA.
This Meeting was particularly very important for IORA Member States for taking some key policy decisions and preparing themselves ahead of the IORA Summit. The Meeting adopted two historic documents titled the IORA Plan of Action and the Declaration on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism. The Meeting also finalized the Agenda and the Programme of Work for the Leaders’ Summit to be held in on 07 March 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lead the Bangladesh delegation to the first ever IORA Leaders Summit tomorrow where the Jakarta Concord is expected to be signed.