Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has requested the US lawmakers to persuade Myanmar in all possible ways to create a safe and secure environment in Rakhine State and take back all the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals to their place of origin.
Dr Momen, who reached Washington D.C. on Wednesday morning, had meetings with a number of US lawmakers.Bangladesh is currently hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Bangladesh since August 25 amid military crackdowns and "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya minority.
The US lawmakers commended Bangladesh’s generosity in hosting this huge number of Rohingyas and said that they would continue their efforts in this regard, according to Bangladesh Embassy in Washington.
The Foreign Minister is currently visiting Washington D.C. at the invitation of the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to participate in the second ministerial to advance religious freedom being held in the US Department of State from July 16 to 18.
He met with Senator James E Risch (Republican - Idaho), Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Bob Menendez (Democrat - New Jersey), Ranking Member of the same Committee.
He also met with Congressman Eliot Engel (Democrat- New York), Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Brad Sherman (Democrat - California), Chairman, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Congresswoman Grace Meng (Democrat - New York).
Foreign Minister Momen and the lawmakers underscored the importance of further expanding the trade and investment relations between Bangladesh and the United States, and deepening the partnership in the coming days.In his meetings with the US lawmakers, Dr Momen briefed them on the impressive socio-economic development that has taken place in Bangladesh under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, which was appreciated by them.
He thankfully acknowledged the strong U.S. humanitarian and political support to Bangladesh in dealing with the Rohingya crisis created by Myanmar by forcibly displacing more than 1.1 million Myanmar nationals from Rakhine State to Bangladesh.
Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States Mohammad Ziauddin and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington D.C. were present in the meetings.
In the evening, the Foreign Minister attended a reception in the US Department of State hosted by Secretary Pompeo in honor of the participants of the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.