The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink made a courtesy call on Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at his office on Wednesday morning.
Teerink praised the exemplary role Bangladesh played in handling the Rohingya crisis under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, which has also been lauded by the international community.
She also complimented Bangladesh for its achievement in women empowerment, poverty alleviation, girls’ education, and many other fields of human development.
She said that EU was ready to extend all sorts of assistance to Bangladesh regarding the Rohingya crisis, and the repatriation of Rohingya people to Myanmar.
In reponse, AH Mahmood Ali informed Teerink that Bangladesh was dealing the repatriation issue bilaterally with Myanmar.
He further said Bangladesh was focused on the safe and sustainable return of the Rohingya people to their homeland, and urged the international community, including EU, to retain their pressure on Myanmar so that the Rohingya are not confined to IDP camps.
He added that UNHCR and WFP would be gradually engaged in the repatriation and reintegration processes, as per the agreements signed with Myanmar.
However, he put emphasis on the issue being a “multilateral” one and that it required sincere involvement of international community, including the UN, for coming up with a successful solution to the crisis.
Teerink said a top level parliamentary delegation – including heads of EU Parliamentary Standing Committee for Human rights, Foreign Affairs and Trade – would come to Bangladesh in the second week of February.
The delegation, after their Bangladesh visit, is scheduled to visit Myanmar.