Dhaka to seek stronger global steps to resolve Rohingya crisis

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

.Bangladesh will seek expeditious global efforts to repatriate Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine state as the Rohingya issue will come up for discussions during the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, reports UNB.
"Bangladesh's stronger voice and participation in the UNGA is extremely essential to put international pressure on Myanmar to expedite the repatriation process," foreign minister AK Abdul Momen told a media briefing at the foreign ministry on Wednesday afternoon.

About prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s participation in the UNGA and high-level meetings on various issues, he said the five-point and reiterated three-point proposals made by prime minister Sheikh Hasina at the 72nd and 73rd UNGAs, are still relevant to find a solution to the Rohingya crisis.

The prime minister might place new proposals to find the solution to Rohingya crisis, he said adding that those proposals will come up in a stronger way.

The foreign minister also hinted holding a meeting with China and Myanmar on the repatriation of Rohingyas on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The meeting might take place on 24 or 25 September, officials said.

Momen said China is supporting Bangladesh's proposals over Rohingya repatriation process and their efforts are visible now. "We're hopeful of a peaceful solution."
The prime minister, according to her itinerary, will leave Dhaka for New York on Friday afternoon. The foreign minister, the ministers of relevant ministries and the state minister for foreign affairs, among others, will accompany her.

A Biman Bangladesh Airlines special flight is scheduled to leave Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 3:25pm and land at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE at 6:30pm (local time).

On 22 September, the prime minister will depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport for John F Kennedy International Airport at 10:30am (local time) by Etihad Airways.

She will arrive at John F Kennedy International Airport at 4:25pm (local time). Mohammad Ziauddin, the Bangladesh ambassador to the USA, and Masud Bin Momen, ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the UN, will welcome her.

On 23 September (Monday), Sheikh Hasina will co-chair the multi-stakeholder panel to be held in parallel to the High-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage at ECOSOC Chamber. Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez will also attend as the co-chair.

The theme of the panel is UHC as driver of equity, inclusive development and prosperity for all.

She might deliver a national statement at the plenary session of the high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage at the Trusteeship Council, deliver a statement at the Climate Action Summit on the theme 'Climate Action Summit 2019: A Race We Can Win: A Race We Must Win at General Assembly Hall and attend Recognising Political Leadership for Immunisation in Bangladesh organised by GAVI at Conference Room 1 in the UNHQ.

On 24 September, the prime minister will hold a bilateral meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the Kennedy Room, Lotte New York Palace Hotel.

She will have a meeting with Queen Maxima, UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, at UNHQ Booth, attend a side-event to be hosted by Global Commission on Adaptation at Conference Room 7, UNHQ, State Luncheon hosted by the UN Secretary General at North Delegate's Lounge.

She will also attend the high-level side-event on the situation of Rohingya minority in Myanmar, organised by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh and the OIC Secretariat at Conference Room 11 at UN HQ, Leadership Matters- Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World at ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ and the Reception by the President of the United States, Donald Trump at Lotte New York Palace Hotel.

On Wednesday, Sheikh Hasina will co-moderate leader's dialogue 4 on "Localising the SDGs" at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs summit) at the Trusteeship Council and a conversation with prime minister Sheikh Hasina, interactive dialogue at council on foreign relations.

On the same day, she will likely hold a meeting with former Australian prime minister and Chair, Sanitation and Water for All Kevin Rudd at Bilateral Meeting Room, Lotte New York Palace Hotel. She will also attend the dinner at the Bangladesh House.

On 26 September, the prime minister will have meetings with Alex V Volkov, chairman, ExxonMobil LNG Market Development Inc at the Bilateral Meeting Room, Lotte New York Palace Hotel, Irina Bokova at the Bilateral Meeting Room, Lotte New York Palace Hotel, Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, at the Bilateral Meeting Room, Lotte New York Palace Hotel, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at the Bilateral Meeting Room, Lotte New York Palace Hotel and attend Luncheon Roundtable Meeting, organised by the US Chamber of Commerce at the Holmes, Lotte New York Palace.

She will also be present in the event an evening with prime minister Sheikh Hasina organised by Unicef at the Labouisse Hall, Unicef House.

On Friday, Sheikh Hasina will attend the high-level side-event on "Sustainable Universal Health Coverage: Comprehensive Primary care inclusive of mental health and disabilities" organised by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh at the Conference Room 1, UNHQ and address the 74th Session of the General Assembly, General Debate.

She is scheduled to attend a press briefing at the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in New York on the morning of 28 September.

The prime minister will attend a reception accorded to her by the Bangladesh community in New York at Hotel Marriott Marquis in the afternoon.

She will have a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the UN Secretariat in the evening.
On 29 September, the prime minister will leave New York for Dhaka via Abu Dhabi by Etihad Airways at 9pm.

Bangladesh ambassador to USA Ziauddin and ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to UN Masud Bin Momen will see her off at the JFK International Airport.

She will arrive at Abu Dhbai International Airport at 8pm (local time) on 30 September. From there, she will leave for Dhaka at 10:45pm by Biman Bangladesh Airlines' Special Flight.

The prime minister is scheduled to reach home at 5:35am on 1 October.

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