EU to continue support to solve Rohingya problem

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Dhaka, Feb 14: Visiting delegation of European Parliament today assured that European Union (EU) and its parliament will continue to extend full supports to Bangladesh to solve Rohingya refugee problem.They made the pledge when the delegation met with State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam this morning at the State Guest House, Padma in the capital, a press release said.

Chair of the South Asia Delegation of the EU Parliamentary Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs Jean Lambert led the 11-member MEP delegation.

The delegation praised Bangladesh highly for receiving this large number of Rohingya people.

The State Minister expressed deep gratitude to the European Union and its parliament and people of European Union member states for raising strong voice against the oppression on Rohingya people by Myanmar military and for adopting Resolution in the European Parliament.

He also thanked EU for assistance to manage the forcefully displaced Rohingya people who took shelter in Bangladesh.

He requested the European Parliament delegation to encourage its member states to take further initiatives and keep pressure on Myanmar government to ensure peaceful and sustainable return of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals from Bangladesh to their home in Rakhine state.

Besides the Rohingya issue, the members of European Parliament also assured that EU will remain by the side of Bangladesh in its way of transition from LDC to Middle Income Country status in the coming years.

They also discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation, trade and investment and socio-economic development in Bangladesh.