Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday urged the United Kingdom (UK) to continue supporting Bangladesh in international forum especially in the United Nations (UN) for creating pressure on Myanmar in order to ensure sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas.
He advocated it while addressing a delegation of 14 British parliamentarians led by Ms. Ann Mette Kjaerby at the foreign ministry.
The parliamentarians are visiting Bangladesh on a study tour on sexual and reproductive health.
Dr Momen told the delegation about the atrocities carried out by Myanmar on the Rohingyas and sought support for ensuring safe and sustainable return of the refugees to their homeland in Rakhine.
The Foreign Minister also outlined the financial and environmental impact Bangladesh is facing for housing the Rohingyas.
In response, the members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health commended Bangladesh for giving 1.1 million Rohingyas shelter and all kinds of humanitarian assistance.
They also assured that the UK will continue to work with Bangladesh government for overall development of the country from grassroots to national level and ensure safe repatriation of the Rohingyas.
The Foreign Minister expressed deep appreciation for the support of the politicians and the people of UK during the Liberation war and afterwards.
Dr Momen also briefed the delegation on the development of economic and socio economic sectors of Bangladesh, such as reducing infant and maternal mortality and population growth rate, increasing the literacy rate etc.
The Foreign Minister thanked the people and the government of the UK for its longstanding partnership with the government of Bangladesh and expressed hope that cooperation between the two countries in implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Delta Plan-2100 will continue.
The UK delegation lauded Bangladesh’s remarkable achievements in the fields of child and maternal health, poverty reduction, women empowerment, technology and capacity building.