Dhaka – Bangladesh has once again urged the world community to take measures for sustainable repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who crossed into Bangladesh fleeing a brutal military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the call at a dialogue in Dhaka on Monday saying that the refugees are a threat to the security not only for Bangladesh but also for the region.
“I urge the world community to take appropriate action realizing the gravity of the threat,” Hasina said inaugurating the three-day Dhaka Global Dialogue- 2019.
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and Observer Research Foundation, India has jointly organized dialogue, where more than 150 delegates from over 50 countries attended for discussion on the most pressing global issues.
Nearly 750,000 Rohingya Muslims fled violence after Myanmar launched a military crackdown in 2017. Bangladesh has previously been hosting nearly 400,000 more refuges who were evicted from their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in the past years.
Bangladesh has been considering the presence of the huge number of refugees as a threat to peace and security.
“It will not possible to ensure development and prosperity of any country without having peace and safety,” Hasina told the dialogue calling for collective efforts from the countries in the region of Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean to ensure peace and harmony.
Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen, President of Observer Research Foundation, India Samir Saran and Director General of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) Major General AKM Abdur Rahman, also spoke at the function.