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Sri Lanka to support Bangladesh

Diplomatic Correspondent

20 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Sri Lanka to support Bangladesh

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen meets Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at a city hotel on Friday. SUN PHOTO

Sri Lanka has assured to vote for Bangladesh in next membership election to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

The assurance came from the visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa when Bangladesh Foreign Minister met him at the Presidential Suit Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel on Friday afternoon.

Bangladesh is a current member of the UNHCR for 2019-21 periods and Dhaka is willing to continue the membership for another term. The membership of the UNHCR is for three-year period.

During the meeting, Foreign Minister Momen briefed the Sri Lankan Prime Minister about the current situation of Rohingya crisis and sought Colombo’s proactive support in ending the problem as well as repatriation of these displaced people.

Momen urged Rajapaksa to use his good office and discuss the Rohingya issue with Myanmar government.

In response, Momen said, the Sri Lankan leader termed the Rohingya crisis as a serious issue and assured that his country would remain beside Bangladesh in resolving the crisis.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister also urged the Sri Lankan Prime Minister regarding implementation of some agreements between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka signed earlier.