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Rohingya issue dominates agenda at PM’s first meeting with UK envoy

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Newly appointed British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson meets PM Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban on Tuesday evening. Photo: PID

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated that Bangladesh wants safe and quick repatriation of the displaced Rohingya, who took shelter in Bangladesh.

She expressed this view when newly appointed British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson met her at her official residence Ganobhaban on Tuesday evening.

PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

“It’ll be good for all if the Rohingya can be repatriated to their own country as soon as possible ensuring safety and security,” the Prime Minister was quoted as saying by her press secretary.

The UK High Commissioner also wanted the safe and successful repatriation of the displaced Rohingya.

Focusing on the scenario of the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, the Prime Minister said her government is carrying out its best effort to rehabilitate the Rohingya, though they are large in number.

She told the British envoy that the locals are now suffering for such huge number of Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar.  Some 40,000 newborn babies have already been born in the refugee camps there, she added.

Sheikh Hasina emphasised the implementation of the recommendations put forward by the commission headed by the late Kofi Annan to the Myanmar authorities to solve the Rohingya crisis.

In this regard, she also pointed to the agreement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

During the meeting, Sheikh Hasina relayed her government’s achievements on the socioeconomic front, saying that the aim of her government is to improve the living standards of the common people further.

She said the government is setting up 100 economic zones in the country to attract local and foreign investment.

Welcoming the newly appointed British High Commissioner, the Prime Minister said that “very good bilateral relations” prevail between Bangladesh and the UK.

“We want to strengthen this relationship further on the economic front,” she told Dickson.

The UK High Commissioner highly praised the recent socioeconomic uplift of Bangladesh,  saying people’s confidence in Bangladesh has grown, leading to British companies being “very keen” to come up with more investment in Bangladesh.

Noting that the UN climate summit will be held in London in 2020, he said his government is willing to work with Bangladesh on this issue.

PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan was present at the meeting.

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