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.
Dhaka, May 14 (UNB) – State Minister for Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmad on Tuesday expressed the hope that the labour market in Malaysia will open for Bangladeshi workers very soon.
He came up with the hope after holding talks with Malaysian Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran in Kuala Lumpur, said a press release of the ministry.
The both parties agreed in principle to reopen the Malaysian labour market shortly.
M Kulasegaran told Imran Ahmad that their government is very positive about the issue and it will be placed before the cabinet very soon.
The Malaysian government proposed holding a meeting of the joint working group between Bangladesh and Malaysia on May 30-31.
Besides, the meeting emphasised on resolving various problems of workers, including the harassment and repression of irregular ones, in Malaysia.
Dhaka, May 14 (UNB) - Around 40-45 Bangladesh nationals remain missing after Friday's boat capsize in the Mediterranean Sea while attempting to reach Europe from Libya, said an official on Tuesday.
“Two boats -- one carrying around 50 and another 70 people – set out at the same time on May 9 (night). The first one possibly reached Italy while the second one capsized,” ASM Ashraful Islam, labour counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy in Tripoli, told UNB.
He said 14 Bangladesh nationals were rescued alive from the capsized boat and one body was recovered. The boat reportedly left from Libya’s Zouara.
Ashraful Islam identified the body as Uttam Kumar, hailing from Naria, Shariatpur.
Earlier, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said around 30-35 Bangladesh nationals might have died in the boat capsize.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Libya Sk Sekander Ali and labour counselor Ashrasul Islam are now in Tunisia to assess the situation.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) confirmed the identities of 27 Bangladesh nationals who are feared dead in Friday’s boat capsize in the Mediterranean Sea.
The victims are Nasir (Noakhali), Kamran (Tongi), Zillur Rahman, Limon Ahmed, Abdul Aziz, Ahmed, Zillur, Rafique, Ayat, Amajal, Kasim Ahmed, Khokan, Rubel, Monir, Belal, Maruf and Ripon (Sylhet), Jalal Uddin and Al-Amin (Kishoreganj), Mahbub (Sunamganj), Sajib (Madaripur), Parvej and Kamrun Ahmed Maruf (Shariatpur), Shamim and Fahad (Moulavibazar), Mahbub and Nadim (Sunamganj), according to BDRCS.
BDRCS’ Restoring Family Links (RFL) wing director Imam Zafar Sikder said they have confirmed the identities of 27 Bangladeshis after talking to four Bangladeshi survivors over phone through an official of Tunisia Red Crescent.
The BDRCS opened hotline numbers to establish contact with family members of the victims and survivors of Friday’s boat capsize in the Mediterranean Sea.
The hotline numbers are 88-02-49354246 and 01811458521.
Zafar Sikder said they are in constant touch with Tunisia Red Cross Society, Bangladesh Embassy in Tripoli and Foreign Ministry here to get update on the matter.
Friday’s accident was dubbed the “deadliest migrant boat sinking since January” by the International Organization for Migration.
Dhaka, May 14 (UNB) - Executive Director of World Food Programme (WFP) David M Beasley has laid emphasis on working closely with the international community to resolve the Rohingya crisis.
He also lauded the role of Bangladesh government in providing shelter to over 1.2 Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar district who were forcefully displaced from Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
The WFP Executive Director mentioned this in a letter sent to Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, said the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
He congratulated minister Momen on taking office as Foreign Minister and hoped that the colourful career at the United Nations will contribute to resolving the ‘critical issue.’
The Foreign Minister served as Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the UN.