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9 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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UK foreign secy arrives today

Johnson to visit Cox’s Bazar to see Rohingya plight
DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives in the capital today on a two-day visit to see the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas, who had fled their homes in Rakhine to escape the atrocities of the Myanmar security forces, local Buddhist vigilantes and people belonging to different ethnic groups. Following some confusion, the foreign ministry yesterday declared the visit of the British dignitary, who will be the latest one among international high profile figures to visit Cox’s Bazar. While in Bangladesh, he will also discuss various bilateral, regional and global issues, said diplomatic sources both in Dhaka and London. However, there has been so far no announcement from the United Kingdom government either in Dhaka or London.

The UK foreign secretary will have a bilateral meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali at the state guest house Padma at 7:30 today followed by joint statements for the press.

Bangladeshi diplomats in Segunbagicha and London are viewing the visit as an important one not because it is the first visit by a UK foreign secretary in 10 years but also due to the fact that secretary Johnson is a staunch critic of Myanmar government for its military’s atrocities against Rohingyas in Rakhine state. On the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September, 2017, he organised an event involving all the major global players including Myanmar.

Apart from holding bilateral meeting with his counterpart foreign minister Ali, Johnson will also call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Apart from the discussion regarding Rohingya crisis, issues related to mutual interest like cargo ban, democracy, governance and trade will be highlighted during the meetings, said the sources. There is an expectation that a decision to lift the cargo ban imposed by UK in 2016 will be finalised, they said. Secretary Johnson will fly to Myanmar from Bangladesh.

 

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