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UN chief: Efforts to find early solution to Rohingya crisis will continue

  • Published at 11:46 pm December 7th, 2019
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New permanent representative to UN Rabab Fatima presents credentials

United Nations secretary-general António Guterres has reassured Bangladesh of continuing his efforts towards finding an early and durable solution to the Rohingya crisis.

He made these remarks while discussing the crisis after Bangladesh’s new permanent representative to the UN Rabab Fatima presented her credentials to him at the headquarters of the global body in New York on Friday.

During the discussion, Guterres described Bangladesh as a friend of the UN and lauded the country’s socio-economic developments under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, said a press release forwarded by the permanent mission of Bangladesh yesterday.

He said Bangladesh is a valued member of the UN, and is making an important contribution to the work of the global body.

The secretary-general also mentioned Dhaka’s remarkable contribution to peace operations as well as the reputation and professionalism of Bangladeshi peacekeepers.

The permanent representative reiterated Bangladesh’s continued commitment and support to the UN and to the Secretary General’s initiatives and efforts.

She also conveyed the invitation to the secretary-general to attend the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman starting March 2020, and shared that the occasion will be celebrated globally in a befitting manner.  

Recalling the recent decision of Unesco to celebrate the birth centenary, she said that Bangladesh plans to organize events and programs with the UN in New York, and in this regard, she requested the secretary-general’s support.

Rabab Fatima, who joined the permanent mission on November 29, is the 15th permanent representative of Bangladesh to the UN since 1974 when Bangladesh became a member of the body. She replaced Masud Bin Momen, who is now secretary (Asia Pacific) at the foreign ministry.

She was ambassador to Japan prior to this appointment.  

A career diplomat, Rabab Fatima joined the Bangladesh Foreign Service in 1989, and she held important positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka. She also served in Bangladesh permanent missions in New York and Geneva, and the missions in Kolkata and Beijing in different capacities.

She has also served on lien the commonwealth secretariat, London, as head of human rights and the International Organization for Migration as regional representative for South and Southwest Asia.