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ASEM FMs call for early return of Rohingyas

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Foreign Ministers of the 13th Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) Monday called for immediate cessation of hostilities, halting of outflow, early and safe return of Rohingyas from Bangladesh.

The FMs also want implementation of recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission for durable solution.

On Monday morning, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali attended an informal briefing on the state of Rakhine issue and discussed the issue.

FMs of Myanmar, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Estonia, Germany, Malta, Russia, Luxemburg, France, Thailand, Hungary, Finland, Sweden and the High Representative of the EU attended it.

Ali attended the first day of 13th Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) of Foreign Ministers. He is leading a four-member Bangladesh delegation.

Foreign Minister attended two plenary sessions, “Synergizing Peace and Sustainable Development” and “3rd Decade of ASEM: Making ASEM Partnership more Dynamic and connected.”

In his intervention, Mahmood Ali reaffirmed Bangladesh’s firm commitment to peace and development. He stressed on inclusive development embracing all, particularly minorities, by ensuring rights and equal opportunity for attempting durable peace.

Foreign Minister held bilateral meetings with his counterparts of Switzerland, Hungary, Estonia, Finland and United Kingdom.

They discussed bilateral matters and exchanged views on Rohingya crisis particularly early return of displaced Rohingyas and imperative of an inclusive and durable solution to the protracted problem.

Bangladesh and Hungary signed an MOU on Educational Cooperation for the years of 2018-20.

-SAM

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