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FM: Countries investing heavily in Myanmar should come forward to solve Rohingya crisis

If Rohingyas who are frustrated become terrorists, big countries’ investment in the whole region would be at risk, says Momen

Update : 20 May 2023, 08:37 PM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Saturday urged the big countries which are heavily investing in Myanmar, to come forward for a sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis for their own interests and protecting their investment.

"If the situation deteriorates, they could easily succumb to radicalism," he said at a seminar in a hotel in Dhaka.

Diplomats World, a publication that deals with cultural, legal, regional, global security, politics and various other issues, hosted the seminar titled Rohingya Repatriation: A Pathway to Peace, Stability and Harmony in the Bay of Bengal (BoB) Region.

Momen said if Rohingyas who are frustrated become terrorists, big countries' investment in the whole region would be at risk.

Momen said peace is required in the region so that their investment can sustain.

"If there is a commitment, if there is a will, they can do it. It is the commitment that is lacking on the part of our global leadership. There is lip service, unfortunately," said the foreign minister.

He, however, said he always remains hopeful and mentioned that both the USA and China have engaged senior level focal points for resolving this Rohingya issue.

"This is good news. We want to resolve this issue amicably through dialogue and discussion," he said urging the global leadership to come forward instead of talking too much.

"They should come forward with sincerity and commitment. I must keep the hope alive. The Rohingyas have to go back to their own country for a better life and future. I hope it will happen one day," Momen added.

Former state minister for Foreign Affairs and Executive Advisor of the publication Abul Hasan Chowdhury and Executive Editor Nazinur Rahim, among others, spoke at the event.

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