UK stand beside Bangladesh on Rohingya issue

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Desk report, September 19: United Kingdom’s Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Bangladesh Rushanara Ali, MP, on Monday said her country will stand beside Bangladesh over Rohingya crisis.“Our government and people of UK apply pressure on the Myanmar authority to end the terrible treatment on rohingya and human right violation what is described by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing,” she said.

The UK Member of Parliament made the statement during a meeting with commerce minister Tofail Ahmed at his secretariat office. She is visiting Bangladesh leading a high-level British business delegation.

Rushanara Ali said Bangladesh is facing great challenges along the Myanmar border as refuge inflow has increased to a total of 900,000 people, including 450,000 people displaced previously.

She added: “We are in UK doing everything we can to ensure that international community takes tougher action against the Burmese military.”

“Our ambassador is working with other ambassadors here to make sure the proper coordination to support humanitarian system from other government as well,” she said.

Rushanara also said, “We look for continuing to work together to bring an end to the violence, and establish peace and stability.”

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Alison Blake, commerce secretary Shubhashish Bose and member of British delegation were present.