Foreign Minister Dr AK Abul Momen has called upon the Commonwealth members including Chair-in-Office, the UK to engage with Myanmar for its compliance with ‘provisional measures’ by the ICJ and expedite return of the Rohingyas to their ancestral homes in Myanmar.
“Bangladesh would like to categorically reiterate that the earliest repatriation of all forcibly displaced Rohingyas back to their ancestral homeland in Rakhine in safety and dignity remains our compelling priority,” he said.
The foreign minister was addressing the 21st Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM) held virtually in London on Thursday, chaired by the UK’s newly appointed Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Elizabeth Truss, a press release issued by Bangladesh London mission said.
Dr Momen also called upon Myanmar to comply with International Court of Justice (ICJ) provisional measures and ensure sustainable return of Rohingyas.
British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss highlighted Commonwealth’s agenda on Rohingya under country situation Bangladesh, while UK’s Commonwealth Minister Lord Ahmad praised Bangladesh’s humanitarian leadership in sheltering the Rohingyas and reaffirmed the UK’s continued diplomatic efforts for safe and sustainable return of the Rohingyas to Myanmar.
On the question of Covid vaccines, Dr Momen reiterated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s call for vaccines to be delivered as global public goods without discrimination and disparity and urged Commonwealth ministers to raise collective voices for early and equitable distribution of vaccines under the COVAX.
Lauding Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s global climate leadership, the foreign minister thanked the Commonwealth for recognizing the 48-member Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) for the first time and proposed shared climate prosperity projects between the CVF and Commonwealth under the Climate Finance Action Hub.
The foreign minister also informed the meeting that as the lead country for the Commonwealth Business-to-Business Connectivity Cluster, Bangladesh hosted the first virtual High-level B2B Connectivity Dialogue last year, promoting a tech-driven low-carbon business recovery model, and a Commonwealth digital marketplace. Bangladesh High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and the Governor of the Commonwealth Board of Governors Saida Muna Tasneem participated in the meeting and presented the report on the Commonwealth Ministerial Group on Guyana meeting chaired by Bangladesh foreign minister last Tuesday.
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