|Published : 24 Nov 2016, 23:17:28 | Updated : 24 Nov 2016, 23:22:33|
BD briefs foreign diplomats on Rohingya concerns
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has told Dhaka-based diplomats about the government's concerns over the influx of Rakhine Muslims into Bangladesh despite the border guards' efforts to stop the flow.
He briefed them on the evolving situation in Myanmar and Bangladesh-Myanmar relations at State Guest House Padma on Thursday.
Ambassadors, high commissioners, heads of diplomatic missions, including the USA, EU, UK, Canada, Norway, Denmark, India and China and from the UNRC, IOM and UNHCR attended the briefing.
The foreign minister apprised the diplomatic community of the steps that the government had taken to establish and maintain friendly relations with Myanmar, particularly with the newly elected NLD government through engagements at different levels.
He informed them about the cooperation that Bangladesh had provided to Myanmar since the terrorist attacks took place at the border guard posts of Myanmar on Oct 9.
“As a responsible neighbour, Bangladesh not only condemned the attack, but also provided critical assistance to the government of Myanmar by apprehending suspects and sharing intelligence,” the diplomats were told.
The foreign minister added that Bangladesh had already requested the government of Myanmar to take appropriate measures so that the Muslim minorities are not forced to take shelter across the border.
The Myanmar ambassador in Dhaka was called to the foreign ministry on Wednesday and was conveyed Bangladesh’s concerns over the issue, according to a news agency. – bz