Gambia to take Rohingya issue to ICJ

Staff Correspondent

18 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Friday said Bangladesh will extend all-out support to Gambia as it is playing the key role in taking Rohingya issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

“We will provide whatever support they need. Anybody involved in criminal activities should be punished,” he said.

Foreign Minister made the remarks while talking to the reporters after holding a bilateral meeting with his visiting Gambian counterpart at state guesthouse Meghna.          

Gambian Foreign Minister Mamadou Tangara is visiting Dhaka as the Special Envoy of the President of Gambia, Adama Barrow.

Momen said Gambia was working to ensure the accountability for those who are responsible for Rohingya repression.

“Justice should prevail and no one should be given impunity,” he said.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) recently unanimously adopted a resolution to move the ICJ for establishing the legal rights of Rohingya. Gambia led the process in OIC with a ten-member high-powered ministerial committee.

Momen thanked those countries who have extended support to Dhaka in resolving the Rohingya crisis and said the issue will be further discussed in the next OIC Summit in Saudi Arabia next week.

During the meeting, Momen briefed the Gambian Foreign Minister about the gravity of the crisis that Bangladesh is facing with displaced Rohingyas.

“We’ll work together in a collaborated way,” he said.

The Gambian Foreign Minister said they were committed and ready to work very closely with Bangladesh to find a solution to Rohingya crisis.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister also suggested the Gambian Foreign Minister about the necessity of establishing South-South-North Triangular cooperation among developing countries like Bangladesh and Gambia.

He mentioned that cooperation may be established in agriculture and food production sectors with Gambia taking into account Bangladesh’s remarkable success in the fields.

He mentioned that Gambian investors may invest in Bangladesh and cooperation may be established in Energy, agro-processing and SME sectors.

He informed that Gambia may import RMG, pharmaceutical, ships and boats from Bangladesh.