Came to express gratitude to BD govt on Rohingya issue: WB President
World Bank (WB) President Jim Yong Kim thanked Bangladesh government and people of Bangladesh for their stance besides Rohingya people during the crisis moment.
He said, me and the UN Secretary General have arrived here to express gratitude to Bangladesh government and people of the country. Because, they have given shelter to a huge number of refugees. And they have done it in a very humanitarian and peaceful way.
Jim Yong Kim said these in a joint briefing after holding meeting with Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith at the secretariat on Sunday.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guteress and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim arrived in Dhaka on Saturday on a two-day visit to see the Rohingya situation.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith thanked the WB President for his visit in Bangladesh in this tough situation.
Jim Yong Kim said, we do not want to say that the situation has turned complex for providing shelter to Rohingyas. People of Bangladesh had memories of being refugees in other countries. That is unforgettable. For this reason we have accepted the refugees with an open mind.
But we certainly want that these refugees should return to their homeland with safety and dignity. The international community is also conveying support for our demand unanimously.
Over the decades several lakh Rohingyas have taken shelter in Bangladesh following repression of army in Myanmar. Aftermath, following massive repression by army at the end of August last year nearly eight lakh Rohingyas also took shelter in the country.
United Nations termed the operation as ‘ethnic cleansing’. It is also seen as one of the largest refugee crisis in Asia in the recent period.
The WB President said that he and the UN Secretary General are very concerned about the Rohingya situation. They will visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on Monday.
Jim Yong Kim also praised Bangladesh government and the people of the country. He said, WB has full confidence in which direction the country is progressing under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Finance Minister Muhith. In the current year we are providing three billion dollars loan to Bangladesh which is second largest in the world. And this is the sign of our clear confidence.