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France backs Bangladesh for solution to Rohingya crisis

Sun Online Desk     13th December, 2017 09:01:06 printer

France backs Bangladesh for solution to Rohingya crisis



French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday assured Bangladesh of his country's humanitarian support and playing a due role in the UN and other international forums for having a permanent solution to the ongoing Rohingya crisis, reports UNB.


Macron came up with the assurance during a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Elysee Palace here.


Foreign Secretary Shahidul Huq briefed reporters after the meeting.


"We’ll continue our humanitarian support and play our role in the United Nations and other international forums so that the Rohingya problem comes to an end permanently," he quoted the French President as saying.


At the meeting, Macron wanted to know from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina about the present status of the Rohingya crisis, what Bangladesh is doing now and what it expects from France in this connection.


In reply, Sheikh Hasina said now over one million forcibly displaced Myanmar Rohingyas are living in Bangladesh and this is a big burden on the country and also a problem for its environment.


The Prime Minister briefly mentioned the five-point proposal that she had placed in the last UN General Assembly and said the real solution to this problem is lying in the implementation of these proposals.


She also said the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh recently visited Myanmar and signed a bilateral agreement with Myanmar.


"We inked the bilateral agreement, but we want the international community to continue their support [to Bangladesh] and keep up the pressure [Myanmar] in this regard, or else this agreement will not see the implementation," she said.


Hasina then asked Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali to briefly describe the matter.


Earlier on her arrival at the Elysee Palace, the Prime Minister was received by the French President.


"After the meeting, the President also saw the Prime Minister off at the gate leading to the car," the Foreign Secretary said.