Mahathir, Rouhani, Imran, Erdogan likely to visit Dhaka

D-8 summit in May 30-31

Shahidul Islam Chowdhury | Published: 00:15, Feb 14,2020 | Updated: 00:18, Feb 14,2020


Top leaders of eight countries are highly likely to be in Dhaka on May 30 and 31 for joining a summit meeting of D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation, a group of eight Muslim-majority developing countries.

The Malaysian government has formally confirmed the visit of its prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, and several countries have also informally confirmed that their heads of the government would join the summit, diplomatic sources said.

Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey are members of the organisation, also known as Developing-8.

The government will also send invitations to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Indonesian president Joko Widodo, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, Malaysian president Mahathir Mohamad, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, Pakistan prime minister Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit Bangladesh, officials said.

Foreign ministers of the member countries are also expected to join a council meeting before the summit set for May 30.

The D-8 leaders are likely to visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on May 31.

Developing-8 was established in 1997, with its headquarters in Istanbul. Its objectives are to improve member states’ position in the global economy, diversity and create new opportunities in trade relations, and enhance participation in decision-making at international level, among others.

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