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Bangladesh seeks Australia’s active role over Rohingya issue

  • Published at 12:01 am March 13th, 2019
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File photo of Rohingya refugees walk towards a refugee camp after crossing the Myanmar-Bnagladesh border Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Australian envoy calls on Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen

Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett met Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Momen at his office on Tuesday.

Julia Niblett also handed over a letter of congratulations from the Australian Foreign Minister Senator Marise Payne to Minister Momen.

She described Bangladesh-Australia relationship as warm, longstanding and constructive underpinned by education, energy cooperation and expanding trade and investment ties, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Niblett said, Australia highly values the cooperation of Bangladesh in addressing shared regional challenges like irregular migration and the Rohingya crisis.

Foreign Minister Dr Momen deeply appreciated Australia’s valuable support for Bangladesh since its independence. While appreciating Australia's humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas, Momen sought Australia's active role in finding a solution to the Rohingya crisis.

Julia Niblett said that Australia has taken into account the results of the UN fact-finding mission on assessing the accountability of crimes committed against the Rohingyas, and underlined the importance of cessation of the ongoing violence in Myanmar to create conducive condition for the return of the displaced people.

Expressing gratitude to the High Commissioner for providing scholarships to students of Bangladesh to study in Australia, the Foreign Minister requested the creating a joint research mechanism for collaborative research to harness creativity and knowledge.

He also requested to review the travel advisory of Australia on Bangladesh to facilitate more business interactions between the two countries.