Bangladesh has reiterated its call to the international community for taking more effective actions in ensuring safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of Rohingyas to their homeland Myanmar.
The call was made at a three-day panel discussion titled "Humanitarian Approach Towards Refugees and Migrants" held from June 18 to June 20 at the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey.Shabbir Ahmad Chowdhury, Secretary (West) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs led the Bangladesh delegation at the talks.
Elaborating the measures undertaken by the government in addressing the humanitarian needs of Rohingyas as far as possible, Chowdhury underlined the need for immediate resolution of this crisis in view of the challenges it is presenting, not only to Bangladesh, but also to entire region.
Moderated by Ms. Andrea Sanke, an acclaimed media personality in Turkey, the panel was also addressed by Antonio Vitiligo, Director General of International Organization of Migration (IOM), Dr. Kerem Kinik, President of Turkish Red Crescent, Michael Spindelegger, Director General of International Centre for Migration Policy and Development and Dr. Savas Unlu, Director General of Migration Management of Ministry of Interior, Turkey.
On the sidelines of panel discussion, Shabbir Chowdhury had a bilateral meeting with Joshua Phopho Setipa, Managing Director of United Nations Technology Bank. They discussed as to how this particular Bank could be engaged in the process of Bangladesh's transition to a developing economy from LDC status. They also discussed the possibility of setting up a regional Centre of LDC Technology Bank in Dhaka.
Another meeting was also held between Shabbir Chowdhury and Karat Sarybay, Executive Director, CICA where both the dignitaries shared their perspectives on a range of contemporary issues including geopolitical uncertainty, economic volatility, security turmoil and pandemic dangers across the Asia in particular and globe in general.
They underlined the need for stepping up collaboration between and among the Asian nations more than ever.Stating the Foreign policy dictum of Father of the Nation of Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman "Friendship to all, malice towards none" Secretary Chowdhury expressed the commitment of Bangladesh towards building peaceful sustainable societies across the world and more particularly across the Asia.
He also apprised him of the encouraging economic growth of Bangladesh amidst the pandemic and phenomenal the socio-economic developments that the country has scripted in the recent time.
Chowdhury also had a bilateral meeting with the first Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey Sedat Onal on Saturday afternoon and discussed about possible State visit of Turkish President to Bangladesh, continued collaboration on Rohingya issue bilaterally and multilaterally, enhancement of trade including the possibility of duty reduction on some specific items, Turkish investments in SEZ and High Tech Parks in Bangladesh.
They also agreed to hold next sessions of Joint Economic Commission and Foreign Office Consultation in Dhaka at the earliest.