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Foreign minister: I think the Rohingya crisis won't be solved easily

  • Published at 09:59 pm January 14th, 2019
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File photo of the new Foreign Minister Dr Abulkalam Abdul Momen Collected

Foreign Minister Monem stresses on diplomatic cooperation to solve the Rohingya crisis  

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said the Rohingya issue will remain a priority for the government.

Minister Momen also urged all the neighbouring countries to work together to ensure regional stability. "I do not think this problem will be solved easily. We have to overcome many hurdles."

"The international community has a big responsibility for their (Rohingyas) repatriation and rehabilitation," he said adding that the interest of Myanmar, India, Thailand and China, not only Bangladesh, might be affected if the Rohingya crisis remains unresolved, reports UNB. 

Emphasizing the importance of stability and development in the country and beyond, the foreign minister told reporters at his office that if stability prevails, development will take place and everyone will be benefit.

Dr Momen, the younger brother of former finance minister AMA Muhith, was elected from the Sylhet 1 constituency during the 11th general election.

Asked whether the government will move ahead to resume the repatriation process in line with the already signed bilateral agreement with Myanmar or if there will be a new deal, Momen said he needs to study it further in detail.

He supported Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's five-point proposal placed at the UNGA over finding an amicable solution to the Rohingya crisis but noted that the international community could not play its role on those very good proposals.

The Foreign Minister thinks the international community did not perform their responsibility when Bangladesh showed her generosity by giving Rohingyas shelter on humanitarian grounds.

Calling the Rohingya issue very serious, the foreign minister emphasized the impact the refugee crisis will have on the economic, social and security of Bangladesh. 

Foreign Minister Monem has previously served as president of the Unicef Executive Board at the international level in 2010 and was also the vice president and acting president of the 67th United Nations General Assembly.