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Commonwealth secretary general: Rohingya an important issue for us

  • Published at 02:22 pm August 8th, 2018
Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland
Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland File photo

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali spoke at the event as the guest of honour

Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland has termed the Rohingya crisis an important issue for the Commonwealth.

He made the statement while speaking at an event, titled “The Commonwealth Advantage: Progress and Potential,” at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in Dhaka on Wednesday morning.

She also praised Bangladesh for giving shelter to, and providing humanitarian support for, a large number of Rohingyas, who entered the country fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali spoke at the event as the guest of honour, reports UNB.

A four-member delegation, led by Patricia Scotland, arrived in Dhaka earlier in the day. The delegation will have discussions, about priorities and commitments, with the head of government, ministers, and other public figures.

According to the report, this is part of Scotland’s first official visit to three Commonwealth member countries in Asia.

During the visit, she will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, and a number of other ministers and dignitaries of Bangladesh, the Foreign Ministry said.

Ahead of the visit, she said Bangladesh is greatly valued by members of the Commonwealth family. She looks forward to acquainting herself more closely with the many encouraging and positive developments taking place in Bangladesh and in the region—and with challenges that the convening power of the Commonwealth can help tackle.

Scotland said Sri Lanka will host the Commonwealth Law Ministers' meeting next year.

"This will again be an opportunity to share the best legal practice from throughout the commonality, and yet rich diversity, of our Commonwealth family—in order to improve access to justice for all our citizens," she said.

Over 700,000 Rohingyas entered Bangladesh fleeing violence which erupted in Myanmar on August 25, 2018. They joined some 400,000 Rohingyas who were already in the camps in Cox’s Bazar.