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17 September, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Dhaka seeks London support for safe return of Rohingyas

Diplomatic Correspondent, Dhaka

Bangladesh has informed visiting British parliamentarians about the atrocities committed by Myanmar on Rohingyas and sought support to ensure their safe and sustainable return. Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen passed such information to the 14-member British parliamentarian team, led by Ann Mette Kjaerby, when they visited the former’s office in the capital. The parliamentarians are visiting Bangladesh on a study tour on sexual and reproductive health.

Welcoming the delegates, Abdul Momen expressed deep appreciation for the support of politicians and people of the UK during the Liberation War and afterwards. The foreign minister also explained the financial and environmental impact Bangladesh was currently facing in giving refuge to the Rohingyas.

The minister apprised the delegation of the country’s progress in economic and socio-economic fields. These included the declining rate of child and maternal mortality, the rising rate of literacy, the dip in population growth, among others. He also mentioned the role of the Bangladeshi diaspora in the development of both Bangladesh and their host countries.  

Momen thanked the people and the government of the UK for their longstanding partnership with the Government of Bangladesh. He expressed hope for continuation of the cooperation between Bangladesh and the UK regarding the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Delta Plan-2100.

Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health thanked the foreign minister for the meeting. They commended Bangladesh’s role for hosting 1.1 million Rohingyas with shelter and providing all kinds of humanitarian assistance. They also lauded Bangladesh’s remarkable achievements in the fields of child and maternal health, poverty reduction, women empowerment, technology and capacity-building.

They also assured that the UK would continue to work with Bangladesh for the overall development of the country and ensuring safe return of the Rohingyas to Myanmar.

The minister expressed optimism that the UK will continue to support Bangladesh in international forums, especially in the United Nations (UN), for creating pressure on Myanmar to ensure the safe return of the Rohingyas.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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