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Germany, Sweden, EU extend strong support to Bangladesh on Rohingya issue

  • Published at 10:30 pm November 19th, 2017
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Germany, Sweden, EU extend strong support to Bangladesh on Rohingya issue
Germany, Sweden and the European Union on Sunday extended their strong support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue. They also highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her great humanitarian gesture of sheltering tens of thousands of forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh. The support and appreciation came when German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom and European Union High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherin separately called on the prime minister at her official Ganabhaban in the evening. Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the premier discussed about various aspects of the Rohingya crisis and said it will be difficult for Bangladesh to keep them for a long time.
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The press secretary said the German and Swedish foreign ministers as well as the EU high representative expressed their grave concern over the atrocities on the Rohingya people in Myanmar. Federica Mogherin said in the ASEM meeting to be held in Myanmar, she will discuss with the Myanmar leadership at different levels on the Rohingya repatriation. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said she would visit Myanmar and encourage the government of Myanmar to initiate repatriation of the Rohingyas.
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The Swedish foreign minister also agreed with the prime minister that these refugees should be rehabilitated in Myanmar by ensuring safety, security and dignity under the UN supervision. Sheikh Hasina also renewed her call to the immediate implementation of the Kofi Annan Commission report to resolve the Rohingya crisis. "They've (Myanmar) to agree and take back their nationals," she said. Besides, the issue of climate change also came up for discussion in the meetings.
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PM's International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, PM's Principal Secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, Bangladesh Ambassador to Belgium Mohammad Shahadat Hossain and Bangladesh Ambassador to Sweden Md Nazmul Islam were present, among others.