Dhaka, June 12 (UNB) - Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Paulette Lenert on Wednesday termed the Rohingya crisis a ‘liability for all’ and assured to extend continued support for a durable and peaceful solution to it.
He met Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at the State Guest House Padma and discussed the issue.
Secretary (Bilateral and Consular), Director General (West Europe and EU) and Director (Foreign Minister’s Office) were present at the meeting.
The Luxembourg Minister was accompanied by a five-member delegation.
Welcoming the delegation, Foreign Minister Momen thanked the Luxembourg minister for visiting Bangladesh, particularly the Rohingya Camps in Cox’s Bazar.
He also thanked the government of Luxembourg for its support, including humanitarian assistance, for the Rohingyas.
Citing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s generosity in hosting a large Rohingya community in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister urged international community, particularly Luxembourg, to mount pressure on Myanmar authorities to take sincere and visible steps to create “conducive environment” in Rakhine State so that Rohingyas can go back to their ancestral homes in Myanmar in safety and security.
He also urged the international community to take decisive steps to ensure accountability of the atrocities committed against Rohingyas.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen encouraged exchange of business and trade delegations between the two countries to explore the untapped business and investment opportunities in Bangladesh.
He called upon the Development Cooperation Minister for bilateral cooperation focusing on private sector development, including skills/SMEs leading to creating mutually beneficial economic and business partnerships for both countries.
Referring to Luxembourg’s globally acclaimed financial services sector, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister urged the Luxembourg Minister to encourage their financial services companies to establish business with and in Bangladesh.
Citing Bangladesh’s favorable “geo-strategic location” in Asia, the Luxembourg Minister expressed interest about establishing “logistics services” facilities between Bangladesh and Luxembourg.
In that context, she urged early conclusion of the ‘Air Services Agreement’ between Bangladesh and Luxembourg.
She offered to extend “sustainable finance” for Bangladesh’s journey towards achieving 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
With a view to making the existing bilateral relations deeper and wider, Bangladesh Foreign Minister urged the Luxembourg authorities to establish a resident diplomatic mission in Dhaka or at least designate the Embassy of Luxembourg in New Delhi to be concurrently accredited to Bangladesh.
Currently, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Dhaka looks after official business on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg.
The Luxembourg Minister and her entourage are scheduled to visit Rohingya Camps in Cox’s Bazar later in the day.
On Tuesday, the delegation visited Savar, Gaibandha and Kurigram to see development projects funded by the government of Luxembourg.
Foreign Minister Momen appreciated Luxembourg for their assistance in the development of Bangladesh through NGOs like CARITAS.
Dhaka, June 12 (UNB) - Bangladesh has sought the support of the international community for its candidate in the upcoming election for the position of Deputy Director-General (DDG) of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Bangladesh has floated the candidacy of its Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque for the post.
Bangladesh sought the support during ‘Eid Reunion’ in honour of foreign diplomats hosted by Bangladesh Permanent Mission in New York on Tuesday.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam said Bangladesh has emerged as a responsible state under the dynamic and pragmatic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Referring to Bangladesh’s long and deep involvement with international migration discourse, he said Bangladesh has floated candidacy of its Foreign Secretary for the position of DDG of IOM to continue the legacy, now at the operational level.
He urged the representatives of member states to support Haque.
The State Minister said Foreign Secretary Haque is the Special Envoy on Migration for Prime Minister Hasina and a professional diplomat who has worked for 12 years in IOM.
“If he gets the opportunity to work as a DDG IOM, then this experience can be used to make IOM a more effective organisation for better management of global migration,” he said.
The Eid reunion was organised at the Bangabandhu Auditorium of Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN in honour of Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors of the member states of the UN.
Foreign Secretary Haque was present in the event.
The re-union turned into a friendly gathering of Permanent Representatives and diplomats of more than 100 countries including India, Japan, Russia, China, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, said a media release on Wednesday.
In his opening remarks, Permanent Representative (PR) of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen requested fellow PRs to support Bangladesh’s candidate.
He also focused on various aspects of the remarkable development trajectory of Bangladesh and urged member states to play an effective role for a permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis.
Haque made a presentation on the latest global situation on migration highlighting the need for effective migration governance for safe, orderly and regular migration.
He also highlighted the various difficulties with regard to human mobility.
Bangladesh Foreign Secretary said that he intends to utilise his long experience of working with IOM and dealing with migration issues for the welfare of the world.
Showcasing the tremendous socio-economic development of Bangladesh, State Minister Alam also thanked the diplomats present for their support to Bangladesh’s candidacy for ECOSOC election slated for June 14.
PRs of Bangladesh and Spain were appointed as co-facilitators for the modalities resolution of International Migration Review Forum in December 2018.
Ambassador Momen and the PR of Spain co-facilitated the first round of formal negotiations on the zero draft of that resolution at the UNHQs.
Civilian and Defense officials of Bangladesh working at the UN Headquarters were also present at the event.
Yuxi City (Yunnan), June 12 (UNB) - Bangladesh has raised the Rohingya issue in an international media forum here and sought more Chinese and other Asian nations' involvement to solve the Rohingya crisis for regional peace and stability.
Bangladesh stressed that the Rohingya crisis needs to be solved permanently ensuring safe return of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar's Rakhine State.
The China-South Asia Media Forum was held on the sidelines of the second China-South Asia Cooperation Forum that ended here at Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake Resort on Tuesday evening.
President of Xinhua Net Tian Shubin, President of Yunnan Media Group He Yaning, Controller of News, Bangladesh Betar Tania Naznin, Senior Information Officer, Ministry of Information, Bangladesh Akram Uddin Ahammad Mir, Deputy Editor in Chief of Xinhuanet Liu Jiawen, Editor in Chief of China Economic Net, Assistant Editor in Chief of China.com.cn Zheng Wenhua, Executive Chairman of National News Agency of Nepal Harihar Adhikary and senior journalists from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka, among others, spoke.
Speaking at the roundtable dialogue of the Forum, Tania Naznin said, "We expect more Chinese and other Asian nations' involvement to solve the Rohingya crisis."
She requested the media people in China and other countries to visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar district and report on the ground situation.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas and majority of them entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017.
The speakers highlighted the challenges of the media industry, digital transformation; and laid emphasis on cooperation to create new communication order.
They said history has taught a lot to work together and live together addressing challenges.
The journalists said if they work together, regional development is possible.
The China-South Asia Media Forum, participants said, serves as a platform for media professionals from China and South Asia countries to pursue stronger cooperation and promote people-to-people exchange.
Over a hundred of professionals and experts attended the Media Forum that aims to strengthen media cooperation for people-to-people exchange among China and South Asia countries.
"China and South Asian countries are connected both geographically and culturally," said Tian Shubin, Vice President of China Federation of Internet Societies and Chairman as well as President of Xinhuanet.
He said media should contribute more to all-round, multi-layered and wide-ranging cooperation among countries as the bridge connecting different civilizations.
Tian also proposed the participants set up a fair and reasonable communication order, build a platform of interconnections and meet the challenges of media developing together.
Madhav Sharma, Language and Culture Advisor to the President of Nepal, said China's Belt and Road Initiative can be a great support for media cooperation, on the basis of improving the understanding and emotional attachment among participating countries.
Wang Chaowen, President of Cankaoxiaoxi, a Chinese reference information newspaper, shared his idea on how traditional print media, such as Cankaoxiaoxi, embraces the new media age by improving social media management.
For the purpose, he called for a closer and broader media cooperation.
"We are ready to closely cooperate with friends from South Asian media," Wang said.
Akram Mir said people-to-people exchange builds relationships across cultures and helps the exchange of thoughts and skills of all kinds, and it is closely tied up with media cooperation.
"The stronger the media cooperation is, the better the people-to-people exchange can be," he said.
"People-to-people exchange generates mutual understanding and respect for each other," said Saranga Wijeyarathne, Director General of Sri Lanka Rupavahini(TV) Corporation.
Wijeyarathne said China is playing a significant role in bringing people in both China and South Asia countries together by providing a communication platform to media professionals.
The newest media technology and application developed in China and South Asia were shared as a specific way for promoting media cooperation.
Dhaka, June 11 (UNB)— Bangladesh and the United States have agreed to work toward security and economic cooperation and enhancing people-to-people ties in support of a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.
The two countries acknowledged the continuing challenge of terrorism, and the importance of adhering to human rights obligations while advancing security objectives, according to a joint statement issued after the 7th US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue held on Monday in Washington DC.
The meeting was co-chaired by Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.
Both sides agreed that the 8th Partnership Dialogue will be held in Dhaka at a mutually convenient time.
The US requested Bangladesh to continue the discussion on protection of classified military information shared between the two countries. Bangladesh indicated its interest in continuing the discussion.
The two governments shared cybersecurity objectives, and agreed to explore cooperation, training, and technical support to advance mutual interests in this regard.
The US also committed to providing additional security assistance for Bangladesh to increase maritime domain awareness, piracy, and regional security coordination in the Bay of Bengal, pending congressional approval.
The two countries reaffirmed their commitment to enduring partnership, highlighting close cooperation on security, development, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and counterterrorism.
They agreed to continue to cooperate closely to advance a shared vision of a free, open, inclusive, peaceful, and secure Indo-Pacific region.
The US recognised Bangladesh’s leading role in peacekeeping operations. The two delegations highlighted their joint pledge for an operational-level unmanned aircraft system in partnership between Bangladesh as the troop contributing country and the United States in a capacity-building role, which was made during the March 2019 UN Peacekeeping Ministerial in New York.
Rohingya crisis: Putting effective pressure on Myanmar
The two governments agreed to continue to work closely with the global community including the UN and international organisations to continue to support the Rohingyas, and host communities, and to put effective pressure on Myanmar for a resolution of the crisis.
The US lauded Bangladesh’s generosity in continuing to host more than one million Rohingyas from Myanmar.
Bangladesh thanked the US for its continuing support, including more than $494 million in humanitarian assistance in Bangladesh and Myanmar since August 2017.
The two governments emphasised the pressing need for Myanmar to address the root causes of the crisis, and to create the conditions necessary for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar.
The US committed to engaging the international community to mobilise additional assistance for the forcibly displaced Rohingyas temporarily staying in Bangladesh.
US lauds Bangladesh’s growth
The US praised Bangladesh’s impressive economic growth and projected graduation from a least developed country to a developing country in 2024.
Bangladesh shared plans to facilitate foreign direct investment in support of infrastructure and energy projects.
Bangladesh hoped that the creation of Special Economic Zones in the country would encourage more foreign direct investment (FDI) from the US, which is already one of Bangladesh’s largest sources of FDI.
The US said it will continue to support US private sector involvement in Bangladesh while both countries expand commercial ties through fair, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial trade.
Washington said it will continue to promote US business engagement in support of Bangladesh’s development goals. It urged Bangladesh to continue progress on labour rights and workplace safety in line with ILO standards and practices in Bangladesh.
Dhaka, June 11 (UNB) - The European Union has praised the government of Bangladesh for its generous hosting of the Rohingya refugee population, while at the same time drawing its attention to deficits in a number of other areas.
In particular, the EU would like to see Dhaka address the need for inclusiveness in the political process, space for civil society, freedom of expression and of media, and to pay heed to conditions for women and labour standards.
“Bangladesh is an important country for the European Union in the region," said the EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore who visited Bangladesh on June 10-11.
The EU is monitoring the human and labour rights situation in Bangladesh closely, said a media release on Tuesday.
Human rights, including labour rights, are an important element in bilateral EU-Bangladesh relations, as well as in the trade relations under the "Everything but Arms" trade scheme, said the EU.
The visit, the first ever of a EUSR for Human Rights to Bangladesh, reflects the EU's commitment to engaging with the government of Bangladesh, and civil society.
EU Special Representative Gilmore visited Cox's Bazar and spoke with the Rohingyas, as well as with the local communities hosting the refugees.
He said the European Union is always with Bangladesh to address the Rohingya crisis and extended gratitude on behalf of international community for Bangladesh's generous hosting of the Rohingya.
In Dhaka, he held various meetings devoted to a wide range of human rights issues, including core labour standards, an area in which Bangladesh needs to make urgent progress.
Special Representative Gilmore had meetings with Law, Justice and Parliamentary affairs Minister Anisul Huq, the acting UN Resident Coordinator and ILO Country Director, UNHCR, IOM, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women Country Directors, as well as with representatives of NGOs and trade unions.
Eamon Gilmore travelled to Cox's Bazar, where he visited the camps, met with members of the Rohingya families and local communities, as well as with the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner.
Following this visit Gilmore will travel to Myanmar for discussions with the authorities.
EU Special Representative Gilmore engaged on a wide scope of issues while in Dhaka, including the rule of law and the law enforcement, elections, freedom of expression and of the media, freedom of assembly, women’s and children’s rights, human rights cooperation in the UN, rights of the persons belonging to minorities and the implementation of Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord.
Bangladesh's hospitality for the Rohingya refugees, including by the host communities, was cited by the Special Representative as an example of solidarity for all of the global community.
The European Union is making every effort to support Bangladesh in this important humanitarian mission, at financial and political levels and has mobilised € 104.5 million in financial support for the refugees and host communities in Bangladesh since 2017, said the EU.