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Momen urges British parliament to press for Rohingya repatriation


The foreign minister reiterated the urge at a meeting at foreign service academy with the British Parliamentary delegation on the eve of the latter's visit to the Rohingya camps in Kutupalong and Bhashan Char on Saturday. COURTESY

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  • Bangladesh News Desk
  • Published: 24 Jan 2022, 11:01 AM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has urged the UK government and British parliament to continue their efforts in early repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingya to their motherland Myanmar from Bangladesh. "We urge the British government and parliament to continue to press for the safe, dignified and voluntary repatriation of the forcibly displaced Roihingya from Myanmar to their homeland soon", he said


The foreign minister reiterated the urge at a meeting at foreign service academy with the British Parliamentary delegation on the eve of the latter's visit to the Rohingya camps in Kutupalong and Bhashan Char on Saturday, a foreign ministry press release said Sunday.


The UK Conservative Party MPs Thomas Patrick Hunt and Paul Bristow interacted with the Rohingya leaders in Kutupalong and visited various facilities in the two camps.They reaffirmed their solidarity with the Rohingya and assured them of remaining seized with their legitimate demands for citizenship, security and freedom of movement in Myanmar.


The UK MPs noted that the British people, especially the British Muslims, felt strongly about the Rohingya situation, and that the international community had a responsibility to stand by this large group of people generously supported by the government and people of Bangladesh. Bristow recalled the UK's humanitarian assistance to the tune of 320 million GBP since 2017 and said that they would continue to raise the issue of further improving the living conditions of the Rohingya while they awaited their repatriation.


During the meeting with Dr Momen, the British delegation also exchanged views on further enhancing trade and investment between the two countries in the post-BREXIT context. They reiterated their appreciation for the multi-dimensional contributions being made by the British-Bangladesh diaspora in their respective constituencies as well as in the land of their origin or ancestors.


Momen hoped that there would be exchange of high level political visits between the two countries on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. He recalled Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's various engagements during her visit to the Glasgow and London in November 2021 and thanked the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) for undertaking the 'Brit-Bangla Bandhan' initiative.


The delegation included, among others, Vijay Shamdas Daryanani, MP, Gibraltar Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport and the Port, Samantha Helen Cohen CVO, CEO of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, and Zillur Hussain, MBE, Founder of Zi Foundation.  Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Faruq Khan was also present.

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