Dhaka, May 16 (UNB) - The Norwegian government on Thursday signed an agreement with UNDP for the period 2019-2021 showing its strong commitment to foster peace and harmony in Rohingya camps and host communities in Cox’s Bazar district.
Sidsel Bleken, Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh and Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh signed the agreement worth 6.5 million Norwegian Kroner on behalf of their respective organisations.
Under this agreement UNDP will do a research to understand drivers of social tensions in Rohingya camps and in host communities in Cox’s Bazar district affected by the Rohingya crisis since August 2017.
The research findings will better inform and support UN programming on early warning of any conflict and prevention and partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, says UNDP.
During the signing, Sudipto Mukerjee said Norway has always been a vital partner in UNDP’s mission to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
"This initiative will strengthen our development work in Cox’s Bazar after Rohingya crisis and help us to promote peace and tolerance in the camps and host communities.”
Sidsel Bleken said they continue their support for implementation and monitoring of SDG 16: peace, justice and strong institutions around the world.
"After the Rohingya crisis in 2017, Norwegian government has been working closely with Bangladesh government along with the international community for resolving the issue,” she said.
“The agreement we signed today, hopefully will pave the way for a peaceful and inclusive society in Cox’s Bazar.”
The agreement is a part of UNDP’s broader “Partnerships for a Tolerant, Inclusive Bangladesh” (PTIB) project, which promotes diverse and constructive narratives already present in the country in support of tolerance.
Among others Morshed Ahmed, Senior Adviser, Royal Norwegian Embassy and Robert Stoelman, Senior Programme Manager, PTIB project of UNDP were present in the signing ceremony.
Dhaka, May 16 (UNB) – Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to attend the 14th Islamic Summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to be held at Makkah at the end of Ramadan.
Acting Saudi Ambassador in Dhaka Amer Omer Salem Omar on Thursday morning handed over an invitation letter to this end to the Prime Minister at her official residence Ganobhaban here, said PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim.
The Prime Minister accepted the invitation and assured her presence in the summit.
At the meeting, the envoy said the Saudi King cordially invited her to join the OIC summit and conveyed the King's Ramadan greetings to the Prime Minister.
Sheikh Hasina extended her sincere thanks to the Saudi King for his invitation.
Expressing satisfaction over the existing bilateral ties between the two countries, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh shares a special relation with Saudi Arabia now. Bangladesh gives special value to Saudi Arabia, she added.
In reply, the acting Ambassador said Saudi Arabia also gives values to the bilateral relations with Bangladesh.
Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, PM's Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin and PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan were present.
Dhaka, May 15 (UNB) – Gambian Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad Dr Mamadou Tangara arrives here on Thursday on a two-day visit as special envoy to the President of Gambia.
During his visit, he will meet Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and discuss various issues of mutual interest.
Bangladesh and Gambia will sign a protocol on Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between the two countries on Friday morning at state guesthouse Padma, said an official on Wednesday.
The Minister was scheduled to arrive here on Wednesday but his flight from Banjul to Doha was late and subsequently he could not catch the flight to Dhaka from Doha.
He would be arriving at 5:15pm on Thursday, said the official.
Dhaka, May 15 (UNB) - Bangladesh has sought support from the international community for its candidate for the post of Deputy Director General (DDG) of International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque is contesting the election scheduled to be held on June 21 in Geneva, Switzerland for the post.
Ambassador of Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia Golam Moshi, during a recent iftar programme in Riyadh, briefed about the candidature of Foreign Secretary Haque for the post.
Bangladesh Embassy hosted the iftar at Hilton Hotel in Riyadh for Ambassadors and members of diplomatic corps based in Riyadh, said a press release on Wednesday.
Ambassador Moshi requested the invited Ambassadors of various countries based in Riyadh to communicate to their respective headquarters for their support in favour of Shahidul Haque for the post of IOM Deputy Director General.
He said migration is a priority for Bangladesh as more than 10 million migrant workers from Bangladesh are living across the world and contributing to the economy of Bangladesh directly.
The Ambassador also mentioned that Bangladesh has been actively engaged with IOM in all its activities since its membership in 1990; Bangladesh is working with international bodies to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration.
Referring to 1.2 million displaced Rohingya people from Myanmar, he said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina showed her utmost humanitarian generosity by giving them shelter, food and other necessary supports.
Moshi said Haque has been working as Foreign Secretary since 2013 and his professionalism, efficiency, integrity and wisdom will definitely enrich the IOM.
Haque also served at the IOM in several senior positions from 2011 to 2012, he added.
Thirty-four Ambassadors and other diplomats attended the iftar party.
Consul General of Jeddah Bangladesh Consulate FM Borhan Uddin was also present at the iftar party.
Dhaka, May 15 (UNB) –The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday released the identities of 39 Bangladeshis who went missing after Friday's boat capsize in the Mediterranean Sea while attempting to reach Europe from Libya.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen released their identities while briefing reporters at his office.
The minister said the involvement of three brothers from Noakhali and two others from Madaripur was found in trafficking out the victims.
He said officials at the Bangladesh Embassy in Libya talked to 14 Bangladesh nationals who were rescued alive from the capsized boat and gathered detailed information about them.
It was confirmed that among the four bodies retrieved after the incident, one was Bangladeshi and his name is Uttam Kumar Das, son of Gautam Das, hailing from Naria in Shariatpur.
Gautam’s family confirmed his identity after his photo was sent to them, said the Foreign Minister.
It was confirmed that 130 of the total 150 migrants on two boats were Bangladeshis and one of the boats reached Italy safely, another, carrying 70-80 passengers, sank in the sea.
Among the 14 Bangladeshis, four people are now undergoing treatment at a Tunisian government hospitalwhile the rest 10 are at a shelter home of Tunisian Red Crescent.
Responding to a question, Dr Momensaid the Bangladeshis went to Libya four months ago. They reached Tripoli via Dubai, Sharjah and Alexandria. In Tripoli, the human traffickers tortured them and extorted money from their families.
Two boats set out at the same time on May 9 (night). The first one reached Italy while the second one capsized.