Europe Day 2021

PM seeks support for Rohingya repatriation

Diplomatic Correspondent

10 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has extended warm greetings to the European Union and all its institutions on the occasion of the Europe Day 2021.

 Europe Day is held on May 9 every year to celebrate peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historic Schuman Declaration, which started Europe on the path to today's European Union.

 In separate messages addressed to the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel, the Bangladesh Prime Minister wished continued progress and prosperity of the member states of the EU.

 In her message to EC President Ms. Ursula von der Leyen, Sheikh Hasina said the people of Bangladesh appreciate the European Union’s role in championing our shared values of peace, democracy, rule of law, gender equality and sustainable development.

 “EU has been a steady partner in Bangladesh’s development endeavours and humanitarian emergencies, as also manifested during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” she said, adding “It is encouraging to see that the excellent bilateral partnership between Bangladesh and the European Union is advancing beyond the scope of traditional trade and development cooperation.”

 “I believe that our time-tested relations have the potential and relevance to be elevated to the level of strategic engagements. I look forward to working with you to further widen and diversify our partnership.”

 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought support from the European Commission President in working towards realizing the shared priority of ensuring the safe, dignified and voluntary repatriation of the 1.1 million Rohingya temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh to Myanmar at an early date.

In her separate message to Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh’s vision of a people-centric peaceful, just, healthy and sustainable world resonates with the “United in Diversity” motto of the European Union.

 “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence, we recall the valued contributions of the European Union in sustaining our inclusive and equitable development trajectory,” reads the message. 

She said Bangladesh and the European Union share the commitment to work together to address the global challenges of climate, poverty, terrorism and unsafe human mobility.

Bangladesh, as the current Chair of Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), underscores the importance of a leadership-level engagement between CVF and the EU in the coming months towards greater convergence of views regarding adaptation, mitigation, climate justice and climate security.

Hasina sought attention of President Charles Michel to securing a durable solution to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis by effectively working towards the Rohingyas’ safe, dignified and voluntary repatriation from their temporary refuge in Bangladesh to Myanmar at an early date.

The Bangladesh Prime Minister also wished good health, long life and personal well-being of the two Presidents, and the friendly people of the Member States of the European Union continued progress and prosperity.