Momen to highlight Rohingya repatriation issue on urgent basis
Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen joining the Int`l Connectivity Conference in Uzbekistan.
Abdul Khaleque Khandker: President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev is hosting an in-person conference comprising of 40 countries which is being held in Tashkent on July 15-16.
A number of heads of government and foreign ministers of about 40 countries of this vast territory of the Asian region are joining the conference titled “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity - Challenges and Opportunities”.
This great rendezvous of the noble personalities is being hosted by Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to strengthen regional connectivity.
Well conversant and a man of amiable personality, Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen has left for Uzbekistan to join this international conference in Tashkent on behalf of Bangladesh to represent the country.
The chief purpose of this high-level conference of international stature, is expected to form technological, cultural and humanitarian cooperation as well as political and expert platform for multilateral discussion of the mutually beneficial strategic model - Central Asia - South Asia in transport and logistics, energy, trade, industry, investment and so on.
There will be fairly four sessions in the activities of the conference and where UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join opening ceremony.
There will also be a plenary session, three breakout sessions, and a final part.
It is to be mentioned that Dhaka has already emerged as the ‘connectivity leader’ in the international arena. So, during the conference, the Bangladesh foreign minister, Dr Abdul Momen would speak out for expediting regional connectivity.
It is learnt that Dr Momen will also hold bilateral meetings with his Russian, Indian and Chinese counterparts on the sideline of the conference.
Apart from bilateral matters, he is likely to highlight the issue of Rohingya repatriation during his meeting with foreign ministers of Russia, India and China.
“I will give a brief to my Russian counterpart about the current situation of the Rohingya crisis as well as the resolution on human rights violation against Rohingya that was adopted in the UN (on Monday),” the foreign minister told media on Tuesday while disclosing about his trip.
Momen said he planned the briefing to his Russian counterpart as recently the Myanmar army chief visited Moscow and talked about the arms deal.
The ongoing 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted the resolution on "Human Rights Situation of Rohingya Muslims and other Minorities in Myanmar" unanimously for the first time since the massive influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar into Bangladesh in August 2017.
Terming the adaptation of the UN resolution without a vote as a success of Bangladesh’s diplomacy, the foreign minister said “It’s a success … 193 countries of the world solidly said that human rights were violated in Myanmar against Rohingyas and praised Bangladesh (for providing shelter to the displaced Rohingyas).”
In the resolution, the foreign minister said, every UN member country also agreed that Rohingya repatriation is ‘very important and all will do work to materialize the return of Rohingyas to Myanmar, which is the “number one priority” of Bangladesh.
In the meeting with his Indian counterpart, Dr Momen said, he would also talk about the new UN resolution and the Rohingya repatriation issues as New Delhi is now a member of UN Security Council.
Apart from Rohingya issue, Momen said that he would also discuss other bilateral issues between Bangladesh and India.
About his scheduled meeting with the Chinese foreign minister, Momen said, he would also focus the Rohingya repatriation issue while talking with his Chines counterpart.
During the meeting, he said, the Chinese foreign minister would announce that China allocated one million more Chinese vaccines for Bangladesh as a gift.
Momen is also scheduled to hold meetings with the Uzbekistan President and the aviation minister on the sideline of the conference.
Referring to these meetings, he said that he would discuss various bilateral issues between Bangladesh and Uzbekistan including cotton import and setting direct air connectivity between Dhaka and Tashkent.
The foreign minister is scheduled to return here on Monday.