British Commonwealth Minister Lord Ahmad hails Bangladesh’s humanitarian leadership in protecting Rohingya people
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abul Momen called on members of the Commonwealth, including its incumbent President, the United Kingdom, to engage with Myanmar to respect the “interim measures” of the United Kingdom. CIJ and accelerates the return of the Rohingyas to their ancestral homes in Burma.
“Bangladesh would like to emphatically reiterate that the swiftest repatriation of all forcibly displaced Rohingya to their ancestral homeland in Rakhine in safety and dignity remains our top priority,” he said.
The Foreign Secretary was addressing the 21st Commonwealth Foreign Ministers Meeting held virtually in London on Thursday, chaired by new UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Elizabeth Truss, said a press release issued by the Bangladesh mission in London on Friday. .
Dr Momen also called on Myanmar to comply with the interim measures of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and ensure the sustainable return of the Rohingya.
British Foreign Minister Elizabeth Truss highlighted the Commonwealth Rohingya agenda in the context of Bangladesh, while British Commonwealth Minister Lord Ahmad praised Bangladesh’s humanitarian leadership in protecting the Rohingya and reaffirmed the United Kingdom’s continued diplomatic efforts for a safe and sustainable return of the Rohingya to Myanmar.
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On the issue of Covid-19 vaccines, Dr Momen reiterated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s call for vaccines to be delivered as global public goods without discrimination or disparity and urged Commonwealth ministers to raise their voices groups for an early and fair distribution of vaccines as part of the Covax installation.
Welcoming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s global climate leadership, Foreign Minister thanked the Commonwealth for first recognizing the 48-member Climate Vulnerability Forum (CVF) and proposed prosperity projects climate shared between the CVF and the Commonwealth as part of the Climate Finance Action Hub.
The Foreign Minister also informed the meeting that as the lead country of the Commonwealth Business-to-Business Connectivity Cluster, Bangladesh hosted the first high-level virtual dialogue on B2B connectivity last year, making promoting a low-carbon business recovery model and a Commonwealth Digital Market. Bangladesh High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Governor of the Commonwealth Board of Governors Saida Muna Tasneem attended the meeting and presented the report of the Commonwealth Ministerial Group meeting on Guyana chaired by the Minister of Business foreigners from Bangladesh last Tuesday.