Describing the Rohingya influx as a big burden for Bangladesh, President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday urged the United Nations (UN) and other international agencies to continue mounting pressure on Myanmar so that it takes back its forcefully displaced people from here, reports UNB.
“The Rohingya crisis is a big problem for Bangladesh as it’s one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Over one million forcefully displaced Rohingyas of Myanmar are now staying here and it’s a big burden for us,” the President said while outgoing UN resident coordinator to Bangladesh Robert D Watkins met him at Bangabhaban in the afternoon.
President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin briefed reporters after the meeting.
Lauding the role of the UN and other international agencies over the Rohingya issue, the President ought continuous support from them to repatriate the displaced Rohingyas with dignity.
He thanked the UN for helping Bangladesh achieve the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and hoped that it will continue its support to the country to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Expressing his gratitude to the President for providing all-out support to him to complete his assignment here, Robert D Watkins said the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will continue its support to Bangladesh in the future.
He also hailed the role of Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue.
The UN envoy said the UNDP will provide all-out support, including technical assistance, to the Election Commission of Bangladesh to strengthen its capacity.