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Rohingya repatriation: Dhaka for decisive global collective actions

  • Published at 12:48 pm December 17th, 2019
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File Photo: Distressed rohngya women and children at a camp in Cox Bazar Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

ASEM chair’s statement also calls for durable solution to Rohingya crisis

Bangladesh has re-emphasized the need for decisive global collective actions to ensure voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas currently sheltered in Cox’s Bazar, to their home in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Speaking at the 14th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Madrid on Sunday, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam also flagged the humanitarian position taken by Bangladesh in providing shelter to the Rohingyas, who fled from their own country to escape state persecution.

The ASEM is an intergovernmental process established in 1996 to foster dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe. Presently it comprises 53 partners: 30 European and 21 Asian countries, the European Union (EU), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Secretariat. 

The state minister insisted that the international community needs to put pressure on Myanmar to ensure accountability and justice for the atrocities committed against the Rohingyas in their country, and for creating a conducive environment in Myanmar for their safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation.

The chair's statement, adopted by the foreign ministers of the ASEM member states, called for a durable solution to the Rohingya crisis. 

The statement also underlined the importance of ensuring accountability in this regard.

Shahriar also called upon the international community to address the issue of climate change on a most immediate basis.

He also explained the challenges Bangladesh faces as a climate vulnerable country, and the initiatives taken by the present government to address this enormous challenge.

He highlighted Bangladesh’s achievement in ensuring gender parity as well. 

On the sidelines of the meeting, Shahriar also held bilateral meetings with the foreign ministers of Ireland, Austria, Poland, Indonesia, and deputy foreign ministers of Russia, Spain and Czech Republic. 

At the bilateral meetings, he discussed issues of common interest and elaborated the steps taken by the government to attract foreign investment and promote international trade in Bangladesh. 

He also invited foreign investors to invest in Bangladesh.