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Canadian minister begins virtual visit to Bangladesh

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 11 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Canadian Minister for International Development Karina Gould on Tuesday began a three-day virtual visit to Bangladesh to hold meetings with high government officials and key-partners to discuss Canada-Bangladesh cooperation and the Rohingya crisis response.

During her 3-day visit from August 10-12, Minister Gould will have the chance to see firsthand how Canada’s development projects are being delivered, meet affected populations, and hold bilateral discussions.

“Today [Tuesday evening] is the first day of Minister Gould’s three-day virtual visit to Bangladesh. Minister Gould will have the chance to meet GoB officials & key partners to discuss CAN – BD cooperation, and the Rohingya issue,” reads a twitter statement of the High Commission of Canada.  With the upcoming 4th anniversary of the Rohingya crisis later this month, Canada said it is an important opportunity to recognise the people and the government of Bangladesh for continuing to generously host 889,000 Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar district. 

Canada remains committed to supporting both the Rohingya people and affected Bangladeshi communities to deal with the impact of the crisis while the Rohingya people remain in need of safe refuge in Bangladesh, reads a message of the High Commission of Canada.

“No one wants to be a refugee or to be forced to leave their home. While the situation in their home country of Myanmar is not encouraging, Canada shares the Government of Bangladesh’s objective – and that of the Rohingya people themselves – that they are able to return home when it is possible to do so in a safe, dignified, and voluntary manner,” it said.

Karina Gould was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Burlington in 2015. A graduate of McGill University and the University of Oxford, Minister Gould is passionate about public service and international development.

Before her election as the Member of Parliament for Burlington, she worked as a trade and investment specialist for the Mexican Trade Commission in Toronto, a consultant for the Migration and Development Program at the Organisation of American States in Washington, D.C., and spent a year volunteering at an orphanage in Mexico.