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Momen appointed chair of Commonwealth Ministerial Group on Guyana

The group is currently overseeing the long-term dispute between the British Guyana and Venezuela over their maritime territory

Update : 13 Oct 2020, 09:39 AM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has been unanimously appointed as the chair of the Commonwealth Ministerial Group on Guyana.

He was made chair of this group for the first time by the seven-member group comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, Guyana, Jamaica, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, according to the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.

Bangladesh took over the leadership from South Africa for the group which is currently overseeing the long-term dispute between the British Guyana and Venezuela over their maritime territory. 

"Bangladesh looks forward to steering the Commonwealth Ministerial Group on Guyana-Venezuela territorial dispute in line with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's visionary foreign policy doctrine of peaceful settlement of disputes through dialogue and international adjudication,'' said Foreign Minister Momen while chairing the first meeting of the body virtually.

Recalling Bangladesh's peaceful maritime boundary settlement with its neighbours taking recourse of international arbitration and international law, he assured that as chair, Bangladesh would steer the deliberations of this Ministerial Group's work towards a peaceful settlement of Guyana-Venezuela territorial dispute.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland, foreign ministers of Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, Guyana, Jamaica, South Africa, and the UK's Commonwealth envoy were present in the meeting.

Saida Muna Tasneem, Bangladesh high commissioner to the United Kingdom and the governor of the Commonwealth Board of Governors, also participated in the meeting to assist the foreign minister.

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