Dhaka – Dhaka wants to resolve the refugee crisis that unfolded between Bangladesh and Myanmar as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled violence in Myanmar for safety in the last three months.
“We want to resolve the crisis keeping the good relations with the neighbour,” she said Sunday in Dhaka referring to an agreement Bangladesh has signed last week with Myanmar for repatriation of the Rohingya who crossed the border since October 2016.
Bangladesh has garner unequivocal support from the international community over the refugee crisis, Hasina said adding that it was a great success for Bangladesh’s diplomacy.
An estimated 620,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar army launched clampdown against suspected Rohingya insurgents blamed for carrying out attacks on security posts in Rakhine state on August 25.
The Prime Minster was addressing a gathering of Bangladeshi diplomats in missions abroad. The three-day gathering of the diplomats began Sunday to set the next course of Bangladeshi actions to improve image of the country in line with the policy of ‘friendship to all, malice towards none’.
The conference titled ‘Diplomacy for Peace and People’ was attended by 59 Bangladeshi envoys posted in 58 missions around the world. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs arranged the gathering for the first time since Bangladesh’s independence.
The Prime Minister urged the diplomats to enhance the country’s position, image and dignity among the world community through their merits, talents and hard works.
“Your service is not merely a job… Each of you is a small Bangladesh in that country where you are posted. So it’s something more great and eminent,” she said.
Foreign Minster Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam spoke, among others, on the occasion while Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque gave welcome address.
Ministers, Prime Minister’s advisors, parliament members, senior government officials and members of civil society also attended the gathering at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
The Prime Minister also asked the envoys to look into the matters of the expatriate workers, who earned a lot of remittances for the nation to stand economically strong, so that they are not harassed.
“Expatriate workers supply a big chunk of the country’s foreign reserve which is used for paying your salaries and allowances. So, look to their matters from humanitarian point of view,” she said.
Hasina also urged the envoys to take measures against anti-government campaign by the killers of Bangabandhu, war criminals and vested groups abroad.
She said it was very unfortunate that the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, architect of independent Bangladesh, were awarded diplomatic jobs in different foreign missions.
The government has tried the killers, but some absconding killers are still hatching conspiracy abroad along with the war criminals of 1971.
“You have to remain careful against their orchestrated propaganda,” she said asking the envoys to take steps for focusing the real picture of the country before the people of the countries where they’re serving.