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UN chief in city to discuss Rohingya issue

  • Published at 10:42 am July 1st, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:56 am July 1st, 2018
File photo of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres AFP

Antonio Guterres is scheduled to visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on Monday

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has arrived in Dhaka at a time when the international community is looking for options beyond bilateral mechanisms to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

The UN chief arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a Qatar Airways flight at 2:06am on Sunday.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali received him at the airport.

Guterres had last visited Rohingya camps as the chief of the UN refugee agency on May 27, 2008.

The UN chief along with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, who arrived in Dhaka on Saturday, will jointly meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at 11 am at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Sunday, an official told UNB.

After the meeting with the prime minister, the UN chief will attend a session on 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda at the PMO.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also expected to attend the program.

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The UN chief will then visit Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhaka's Dhanmondi area and is likely to visit the Holy Cross Girls' High School in Tejgaon.

Guterres will also meet the United Nations Country Team in Bangladesh at Radisson Hotel in the afternoon.

The World Bank chief is also scheduled to meet his co-workers at the same hotel.

In the afternoon, Guterres will join a get-together session of UN and World Bank staff members at the same hotel.

Later in the evening, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will host a dinner in honour of the UN chief at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.

The UN chief will leave for Cox's Bazar by a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. He will visit the Rohingya camps on Monday.

Foreign Minister Ali, World Bank President, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, among others, will accompany him.

Minister Ali is likely to brief media at Hotel Sayeman in Cox's Bazar Monday morning.

The UN chief will visit Kutupalang camp and women-friendly spaces in Cox’s Bazar.

He is scheduled to brief media at Radisson Hotel at 7:15pm on the same day.

Guterres will leave Dhaka early Tuesday.

A number of high-profile visits to Bangladesh, including that of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, indicate that Myanmar is under “another spell of pressure” from the international community over the Rohingya issue, according to experts.

International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer, who is also in Bangladesh, will visit the Rohingya camps on Sunday.

UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee is now visiting Bangladesh.