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PM for global efforts to repatriate Rohingyas for regional stability

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|  11 Nov 2019, 00:00 | Update : 11 Nov 2019, 16:09
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the inaugural program of Dhaka Global Dialogue.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the world community to take appropriate measures for sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas for regional security and development, saying peace and harmony are essential for the prosperity of the region.

“In terms of regional security, I would like to say that more than 1.1 million Rohingya citizens of Myanmar fled to Bangladesh in the face of persecution and they 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,” she said.

She was addressing while opening the three-day “Dhaka Global Dialogue-2019” at a hotel in the capital on Monday morning

Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and Observer Research Foundation, India are jointly organizing the function.

Over 150 delegates from over 50 countries are taking part in the dialogue to discuss, ideate and debate the most pressing global imperatives.

The premier added: “It will not possible to ensure development and prosperity of any country without having peace and safety.”

She called upon all the countries of the region of the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean for their collective efforts to this end.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, President of Observer Research Foundation, India Dr Samir Saran and Director General of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) Major General AKM Abdur Rahman, also spoke at the function.

A video documentary titled “Bangladesh were tomorrow belong” was also screened on the occasion.

Sheikh Hasina said, “The present century is being considered as the ‘Century of Asia’ in terms of socio-economic development and prosperity.”

The premier however stressed the need for maintaining peace and harmony for the prosperity of the region.

Terming poverty as the main enemy of the region, she said, “Therefore, the main goal of all our activities should be directed to eradicate people’s poverty and ensure their comfortable lives.”

About importance of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal for economic progress and development of the region, the Prime Minister said, “The economies of the countries ashore of or dependent on the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, and the lives of their peoples, are hugely influenced by the ocean and the sea.”

“Therefore, peace and stability in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal is essential for the economic progress and security of these countries as the resources, environment, ecology and security of the ocean and the sea directly affect the economy and the security of these nations,” she continued.

The premier said, there are 40 developing countries surrounding the Indian Ocean, where 35 per cent of the global population lives while six countries surrounding the Bay of Bengal, and few more countries like Nepal, Bhutan, the Maldives, Malaysia and Singapore have important impact of the Bay on their economies despite not being at the coast.

She stated that half of the global container shipment and 80 percent of global fuel trade passes through the Indian Ocean while 16.8 percent of the global reserve of oil and 27.9 percent of natural gas is situated in this Ocean.

The Ocean consists of a number of vital maritime routes, which contribute significantly to the largest economies of Asia while 28 percent of the total fisheries are collected from Indian Ocean, she said.

She also said there are various unconventional threats such as piracy, armed robbery, terrorist attacks in coastal and maritime areas, human trafficking, arms and drugs smuggling, in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal region.

The premier called upon all concerned countries to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation as well as partnerships to resolve all these problems.

“Bangladesh believes that such cooperation is needed to be inclusive for all and with the aim of everyone’s development and security. Bangladesh always exerts strong efforts to enhance peaceful and cooperative relations in the region of the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean,” she said.

The premier said Bangladesh became role model for other countries as it peacefully resolved the maritime disputes and land boundary agreement with neighboring Myanmar and India.

She advocated for cooperative, amicable, dignified and equitable relationship between coastal countries to extract maritime resources sustainably for the development of the ‘Blue Economy’.

Source: BSS


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