FM Momen urges Canada to finance Gambia for Rohingya's ICJ case

Minister asks Canada to take a leadership role in resolving the Rohingya crisis

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has urged Canada to assist Gambia financially for the proceeding of the Rohingya genocide case against Myanmar in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) case.

The minister made the remark while holding a virtual meeting with Canadian International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan on Monday marking the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations, a Foreign Ministry press release said on Tuesday.

During the meeting, Momen urged Canada to take a leadership role in resolving the Rohingya crisis fearing that their prolonged stay here may result into huge security threat and regional instability due to the possible emergence of extremism and terrorism in the camps.

The foreign minister thanked Canada for its consistent political and humanitarian support for the displaced and persecuted Rohingyas as well as the ongoing genocide case in the ICJ.

The Canadian minister appreciated Bangladesh’s continued hosting of more than one million displaced Rohingyas, and agreed that the ultimate solution must be safe repatriation.

He said the strong international efforts should continue for repatriation; and Canada will continue its political and humanitarian support.

He assured Canada’s willingness to continue support in the socio-economic progress of Bangladesh, including through development assistance.