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Malaysia to lead D-8 Secretariat beginning Jan 2018: DPM

Malaysia to lead D-8 Secretariat beginning Jan 2018: DPM







ISTANBUL: Malaysia is set to lead the Secretariat of the D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation for four years, beginning Jan 1, 2018.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced on Friday that Datuk Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari is the incoming D-8 Secretary-General, replacing the incumbent Dr Seyed Ali Mohammad Mousavi from Iran.

Zahid said Ku Jaafar, who is Malaysia’s former ambassador to Egypt, has vast experience in foreign affairs, both bilateral and multilateral.

"I am confident that he will carry out his duty with utmost professionalism and lead the D-8 Secretariat to fulfil the aspiration of the organisation," Zahid told reporters at a media conference here on Thursday.

Zahid is here to lead the Malaysian delegation to the D-8 summit. He is joined by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and Malaysian ambassador to Ankara, Abd Razak Abdul Wahab.

Speaking on the Summit, Zahid said the D-8 focusses on enhancing six main economic sectors, namely industrial cooperation; small and medium enterprises; agriculture; transportation; energy and minerals; and tourism.

"I am also taking this opportunity to voice out on the issue of aid for Rohingya refugees, and to push Myanmar to implement necessary action as suggested by the United Nations secretary-general.

"Based on my observation at the refugee camps at Kutupalong, Cox's Bazaar, in Bangladesh on Oct 16, the facilities there are poor, and they need assistance from other countries," Zahid added.

Anifah said Malaysia was the first country to raise the Rohingya issue at the D8 ministerial Council Meeting on Thursday and it was well received by Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who chaired the meeting.

"He (Mevlut) explained that it's an important issue involving humanity and therefore, D-8 countries must find a solution to end the crisis," Anifah said.

The D-8 was established on June 15, 1997 in Istanbul, Turkey as a mechanism for cooperation in the economic sector among eight like-minded countries, namely Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.















Source New Straits Times