BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, now in Saudi Arabia, has urged President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali to increase his bank’s assistance for Bangladesh’s socio-economic development.
Khaleda made the request when Dr Ahmad met her at her Makkah Royal Palace suite on Wednesday, her press secretary Maruf Kamal Khan told UNB from Makkah.
During the hour-long meeting, Khaleda and Dr Ahmad discussed various issues of related to the IDB in particular, and the Muslim Ummah in general, he said.
BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman was also present.
Dr Ahmad recalled with respect the contributions of BNP founder late president Ziaur Rahman towards establishing the IDB for the wellbeing of the Muslim Ummah.
Khaleda, also a former Prime Minister, praised the IDB for its continued assistance for socio-economic development in Bangladesh, poverty alleviation and environmental protection.
She also noted with importance the IDBs’ role in developing Bangladesh with its various types of support and hoped it will increase in the days to come.
BNP chairperson Khaleda and Tarique Rahman arrived in Madina on Sunday as Royal guests.
Khaleda along with Tarique, his wife Dr Zobaida Rahman and daughter Zaima Rahman started performing Umrah in the early hours of Wednesday.
The BNP chief is expected to return home on July 26, while Tarique and his family to go back to London.