Bangladesh has urged the European Union to put more pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees living in makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen made the appeal during a courtesy phone call with Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney yesterday, said a press statement issued by the foreign ministry.
Momen thanked his Irish counterpart for the continued support on the Rohingya issue but also expressed deep concern over the lack of progress in the repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar.
To date, Myanmar has not taken back a single Rohingya refugee since some 750,000 Rohingya refugees fled brutal military crackdown in the Rakhine state of Myanmar from August 2017.
The foreign minister hoped that if elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Ireland will play a more robust role in the Council.
Simon Coveney told Momen that Bangladesh has shown extraordinary generosity in hosting a huge number of persecuted Rohingyas from Myanmar.
“Bangladesh has played a very significant role in extending temporary shelter to this huge number of Rohingyas, a number almost equivalent to a quarter of the population of Ireland,” he added.
The Irish minister applauded the leadership role of Bangladesh in UN Peacekeeping and expressed willingness to work jointly in this area.
Dr Momen informed his counterpart about the availability of a huge pool of IT experts (6,00,000) whose expertise could be used by Ireland.
He also requested the Irish government to ease and facilitate visa procedures for Bangladesh nationals.
Momen also expressed concern that many foreign buyers are dishonouring their contracts during this pandemic.
“Such irresponsible behaviour by foreign companies is adversely affecting four million RMG workers in Bangladesh most of whom are women,” he told the Irish minister, requesting the companies to honour their contract.