Congratulations prime minister
Recently the prestigious Diplomat Magazine of the Netherlands unveiled its latest edition highlighting its cover story featuring Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The edition was introduced to members of The Hague-based diplomatic corps, international media, think-tanks, business personalities by launching a ceremony. This is a proud moment for us as for the first time that a Bangladesh prime minister has been featured in an internationally renowned print media. Indeed our PM is a deserving person to get featured in a cover story.
The cover story highlighted an inspiring tale about how the world came to know our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the Mother of Humanity. Ambassadors of thirty important countries and representatives from the Embassies of the USA, Kenya, Poland and Panama were also present in the occasion.
Furthermore, the PM has also been awarded with the prestigious 'Dr. Kalam Smriti International Excellence Awards-2019`- introduced in memory of eminent scientist and former Indian president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
Our PM deserves kudos for her back-to-back international rewards. She has played the most pivotal role in the Rohingya crisis. The refugee influx was an unanticipated event began in August 25, 2017 and since then Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas.
It was indeed a courageous and humane decision to open up Bangladesh-Myanmar borders for the fleeing persecuted Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine State and thereby saved and sheltered more than a million refugees in Bangladesh soil. The whole world witnessed this humanitarian act by PM Sheikh Hasina. We have extended all sorts of humanitarian assistance including shelter, food, healthcare, water and sanitation and etc purely on humanitarian ground despite numerous challenges to the economy, ecology and security.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal urged the international community to come forward to facilitate early repatriation of the displaced Myanmar residents to their homeland. However, despite all the preparations for the second repatriation attempt on August 22, not a single Rohingya voluntarily returned to Rakhine.
The international community has generously helped us but still the repatriation plan had failed for the second time. Therefore, the cover story featuring our PM was also a perfect occasion to draw attention from other countries' representatives that might help us to repatriate Rohingyas. We also urge international diplomats around the world to suggest more effective strategies to repatriate Rohingyas in Myanmar with safety, dignity and basic rights in a time-bound manner.
Finally, we call on the international community to eliminate the culture of impunity for the sake of a durable solution. We expect that soon the Rohingya problem will be resolved as we have seen our prime minister resolving disputes by practicing her diplomatic skills effectively.