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20 October, 2018 08:22:35 AM
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Spain to raise awareness

Switzerland assures Bangladesh of strong support
Independent Online Desk
Spain to raise awareness

A Spanish delegation, which visited Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar district, has stressed the importance of raising awareness about the Rohingya situation in the global community, and highlighted the commitment to finding solutions, reports UNB. A representative of the Humanitarian Office of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) Ana Bernardo Rodriguez and the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Spain in Dhaka Alejandra Lopez Garcia visited various projects in the Rohingya refugee camps, including those funded by the Spanish government, on October 17-18.

The Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) welcomed them and noted that their presence demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the welfare of the Rohingya refugees and the Bangladeshi host community, said a media release yesterday. During a full two-day visit organised by the ISCG, the Spanish delegation met the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) and saw first-hand the difficult condition under which the refugees are living and services provided to them in Kutupalong, Goyalmara and Unchiprang.

The delegation visited key humanitarian aid projects, including the UNHCR Transit Centre; MSF Kutupalong Hospital, Goyalmara Mother and Child Care Hospital, Unchiprang Primary Health Centre; Plan International alternative education and child protection in emergency activities; IOM mental health and psychosocial support, health, youth, shelter, water and sanitation and site management activities. Meanwhile, President of Swiss Confederation Alain Berset has reassured 'strong support' for resolution of the Rohingya crisis.

He made the assurance during a meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on the sidelines of the 12th ASEM Summit held at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Thursday-Friday.

The Swiss President said that he could not be more thankful for what Bangladesh has done hosting the Rohingyas, including sincere efforts to find a stable and peaceful resolution of the crisis. President Berset also thanked Foreign Minister Ali for his very successful visit to Bangladesh on 4-7 February 2018, first ever by any Swiss President since establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1972.

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