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Gambia's foreign minister says Rohingya issue to be taken to ICJ

  • Published at 07:29 pm May 17th, 2019
File photo: Hundreds of Rohingya refugees shout slogans as they protest against their repatriation at the Unchiprang camp in Teknaf, Bangladesh November 15, 2018 Reuters

He added that The Gambia will continue to cooperate with Bangladesh over the Rohingya crisis 

Visiting Gambian Foreign Minister Dr Mamadou Tangara has said they are committed to taking the Rohingya issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The Gambian foreign minister stated this when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence, the Ganabhaban.

The prime minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting, reports UNB.

Dr Tangara said The Gambia will continue to cooperate with Bangladesh over the Rohingya crisis as it is a humanitarian issue.

He lauded the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the tremendous development of Bangladesh, especially in women's development and women's empowerment.

The Gambian foreign minister delivered a letter from the Gambian president to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He mentioned that he had met with Bangladesh's foreign minister and signed a Foreign Office Protocol.

"We are keen to have cooperation in the field of science and technology," Tangara said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recalled her long struggle for the restoration of democracy in Bangladesh following her return to Bangladesh from self-exile—on this day in 1981—after being elected as president of Awami League in her absence.

Sheikha Hasina said she, and her younger sister, escaped from the massacre of August 15, 1975 when all of her family members—including Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman—were assassinated.

"On my return home, it was a long journey to establish democracy in the country. We are now trying our best to improve the lifestyle of the people of Bangladesh," she said.

She also mentioned that the GDP of Bangladesh registered 8.1% growth while the poverty level has come down to 21%. 

The prime minister said the government is setting up 100 economic zones across Bangladesh to accelerate its industrial development and create jobs.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, the prime minister's Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, and Principal Secretary M Nojibur Rahman were, among others, present at the meeting.