Rohingya Repatriation: Dhaka seeks help from C’wealth

AK Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister, has asked for the solidarity of the Commonwealth to ensure a smooth repatriation from Myanmar of Rohingyas back to Myanmar's Rakhine.

As the leader of the Bangladesh delegation at the 21st Commonwealth Ministers' Meeting, he urged the Commonwealth to help convince the government in Myanmar to honor their commitments.

Momen spoke out about the impasse surrounding the voluntary repatriation of Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals to Myanmar (FDMNs), and their partial relocation in Bhasan Char.

He sought to increase intra-Commonwealth trade and ensure vaccine equity.

Commonwealth leaders praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her humanitarian efforts in giving shelter to thousands of FDMNs, saving thousands of lives and ensuring that they were safe.

They also appreciated her leadership at Climate Vulnerable Forums (CVF).

These comments were made during the 21st CFAMM, which was held virtually in London on Thursday.

The Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, (CVF) was informed by the foreign minister to the Commonwealth leaders.

The Foreign Minister called for further cooperation between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the CVF.

Momen exhorted the Commonwealth members to unite more to promote trade and economic recovery, which was hindered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

He also urged the Commonwealth post-pandemic to show solidarity, connectivity, and collective action in order to rebuild a more resilient, sustainable, and greener post-coronavirus recovery.

The meeting was informed by the foreign minister that Bangladesh, as the leader country in the Commonwealth Business-to-Business Connectivity Cluster has tirelessly advocated for connecting the Commonwealth private sector for creating a tech-driven low-carbon business recovery model and a Commonwealth digital marketplace. This was the first High-level CW B2B Connectivity Dialogue organized by Bangladesh in November 2020.

Elizabeth Truss MP, UK Secretary of State of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, presided over this meeting, where Commonwealth Secretary General and Foreign Ministrys from the Commonwealth countries were present.

The Commonwealth Ministerial Group on Guyana, held before this meeting on September 14, 2021 was presided over by Momen.


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