Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has urged the new US Administration to play a leading role, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to bring about a durable solution of the Rohingya crisis.
He made the call during his interaction with the US think tank ‘Newlines Institute on Strategy and Policy’ on Friday. Director of the institute Dr Azeem Ibrahim moderated the event.
During the discussion, Dr Momen reiterated that the only durable solution is the repatriation for the persecuted 1.1 million Rohingyas temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh.
At the programme, Momen briefed on how the Bangladesh government is working for the welfare of Rohingyas during the Covid-19 pandemic, as a result of which there was not a single case of death due to the coronavirus in Rohingya camps.
He also explained the context and rationale of relocating some of the Rohingya population from the overcrowded Kutupalong camps to Bhasan Char.
The minister expressed the hope that the Biden Administration would put more political and economic sanctions on Myanmar to create a conducive environment for safe and dignified return of the Rohingyas to their homeland Myanmar.
He noted that the Bangladesh government looks forward to the US government’s concrete steps and leading role, including his proposal to appoint a Special Envoy on Rohingya, in achieving a sustainable solution to this Rohingya crisis.