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Dhaka urges int’l community to open its doors to Rohingyas

Published : Thursday, 14 February, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 164
Diplomatic Correspondent

Bangladesh has made a call to the international community to open its doors to the Rohingya refugees on humanitarian ground as Bangladesh has given its small shoulder to take a huge responsibility.

"At this stage, we think we've taken enough people (Rohingyas). So, we can also tell others to help," Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told at a press conference on Wednesday at his secretariat saying that there are 193 countries in the world that are members of the United Nations (UN), they can do the same thing as Bangladesh has done.

He came up with Bangladesh position on Rohingya issue while replying to a question on UNHCR's fresh call to open Bangladesh's border for the Rohingyas.
Bangladesh is now hosting around 1.3 million Rohingyas and received more than 720,000 Rohingyas from Myanmar since August 2017. He said we know where the solution got stuck. so we need to organize a real discussions in international forums.

"If problem is known, solution will not be difficult." He said the solution will be very simple if the problem is identified correctly. "We've identified the problem. InshAllah, we'll find out the solution, too."

The Foreign Ministry organised the media briefing on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which is schedule to start from Friday. The issue came up as the UNHCR called (recently) on the Bangladesh authorities to continue to allow people fleeing violence in Myanmar to seek safety in Bangladesh.

Mentioning all including social-political and environmental limitation of Bangladesh , Dr Momen said that Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries and he wants to see whether the UN refugee agency - UNHCR - can convince other countries.

During his Bangladesh visit last year, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres applauded Bangladesh for giving a safe haven to hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas driven from their homes in Myanmar by systematic and widespread violence.

"In a world where so many borders are closed, [the people and government of Bangladesh] have opened their borders and received their brothers and sisters coming from Myanmar and from the terrible events there," Momen said quoting the UN Chief Guterres.

He said issues related to the Rohingya crisis and regional security will be discussed in various speaking slots kept for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other heads of government at the Munich Security Conference 2019.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and senior officials were present at the press conference.



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