Foreign minister seeks effective international role in resolving Rohingya crisis

New Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, center, speaks to the reporters after paying homage to the language martyrs at the central Shaheed Minar in Sylhet on Tuesday; January 15, 2019 Focus Bangla

He made the remarks on Tuesday

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen emphasized on the global community’s role in resolving the protracted Rohingya crisis.

He said: “It’s an international problem. If it persists for long, it will create unrest. We’ll resolve the problem working together,” seeking an effective international role in resolving the crisis.

Dr Momen made the remarks while talking to reporters after offering fateha at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) right after landing in Sylhet on Tuesday.

The foreign minister stated that various steps have already been taken to address the Rohingya crisis and that he hasn’t given a new thought on the issue, affirming that they want to solve the problem by implementing government initiatives and general discussions.

He said that they want to move forward being friends with all countries in the spirit of ‘friendship to all and malice to none’ as defined by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to visit India and mentioned that the Indian government was the first among the countries which congratulated Bangladesh Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and her party’s re-election.

Momen said: “At first we will have a courtesy meeting and then discuss various bilateral issues,” referring to his India visit.

Earlier, acting High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Dr Adarsh Swaika met the new foreign minister and handed over the letter of congratulations from the External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj.

Dr Momen said: “I’m very lucky to have the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a son of Sylhet,” expressing gratitude to everyone.

He also recalled the role of foreign ministers Abdus Samad Azad and Humayun Rashid Chowdhury, and said that he would follow their footsteps to keep up the goodwill through his work.

Notably, the minister came to Sylhet on a two-day visit after joining the cabinet as the newly elected foreign minister and Sylhet-1 parliamentary member.

After offering fateha at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA), he visited the central Shaheed Minar to pay homage to the language martyrs. Later, he visited his family graveyard at Raynagar.

In the evening, the minister attended a reception organized by the Sylhet Chamber of Commerce.

According to the schedule of the visit, Dr Momen will return to Dhaka by air around 7:00am from Sylhet.