Momen seeks SA’s support creating OIC COVID-19 fund

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DHAKA, July 23, 2020 (BSS) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has
sought support of Saudi Arabia (SA) to create a voluntary ‘OIC
COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund’ by the contribution of the
willing member states of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Momen made the call to his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Faisal
bin Farhan Al-Saud in a telephone conversation on Wednesday, a foreign
ministry press release said today.

During the conversation, Saudi foreign minister inquired about the
COVID condition in Bangladesh and in reply Momen briefed him about
Bangladesh government’s various initiatives taken responding to the
pandemic situation.

Bangladesh foreign minister requested Prince Faisal to employ
Bangladeshi workers in the agriculture sector of Saudi Arabia.

Momen also requested Saudi public and private investors to invest
in Bangladesh’s livestock sector and urged Saudi government to import
halal beef and chicken from here.

Besides, he appraised Prince Faisal of Bangladesh’s capacity to
produce and export good quality of PPEs to combat against the deadly
coronavirus.

The foreign minister also sought Saudi support in safe repatriation
of 1.1 million forcibly displaced Rohingyas to Myanmar.