Dhaka – Dhaka is expected to take up the issue of Rohingya refugees to Berlin as Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left for Germany Thursday night, officials said.
Hasina, during her three-day visit to Munich, is scheduled to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday where she would made the point to seek international support to resolve the Rohingya crisis, as tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims cross into Bangladesh facing persecution in neighbouring Myanmar.
Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said that the issue will be featured in the meeting between Hasina and Markel. Bangladesh, burdened with more than 300,000 Rohingya refuges, earlier called international community to help resolve the problems with Myanmar.
Hasina will join the 53rd Munich Security Conference, an annual conference on international security policy, scheduled to begin Friday in the southern German city of Munich, also the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria.
Hasina left Dhaka by an Etihad Airways flight for Munich at 10.05 pm.
Senior ministers Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Obaidul Quader, Rashed Khan Menon, PM’s Advisers HT Imam and Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip ASM Firoz, cabinet secretary, chiefs of three services and high civil and military officials saw the premier off at the airport.
The prime minister will stay at Munich Marriott Hotel at Berliner Strasse.
In the afternoon, Hasina will attend the opening ceremony of the conference. In the evening, she will join a reception to be hosted by Mayor of Munich in honour of the guests of the conference.
She will hold a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday and will also take part in a panel discussion on ‘Climate Security: Good COP, Bad COPs”.
In the evening, she will leave Munich for Dhaka and is expected to reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8 pm on Sunday after making over a six-hour stopover in Abu Dhabi.
Twenty heads of states and government will join the Munich Conference which is being considered as the ‘Best Think Tank Conference’ in the present discourses on world security, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told a media briefing in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Munich Security Conference started its journey in 1963. Over the past five decades, the conference has become the major global forum for the discussion of security policy.
Each February, it brings together senior decision-makers from around the world, including heads of state and government, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organizations, as well as high ranking representatives of industry, media, academia, and civil society, to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges.