Rohingya Crisis

Take meaningful measures: BD to Germany

Bangladesh has called upon Germany to compel Myanmar to make conducive environment in Rakhine for Rohingyas return. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen made the call when visiting German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr Gerd Muller met him at his Parliament’s office on Tuesday night, the foreign ministry said. On Wednesday morning, Muller left for Cox’s Bazaar to see the Rohingya situation.

The foreign ministry said Rohingya crisis was high on the agenda as Minister Momen requested the German Minister to consider “meaningful measures compelling Myanmar to make conducive environment in Rakhine for safe, dignified and sustainable returns of the forcibly displaced Rohingys”. Muller expressed his country’s “firm commitment to a sustainable solution to the crisis and Myanmar’s full compliance with the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s recent orders”.

The Foreign Minister highlighted Bangladesh’s tremendous socio-economic developments, particularly during the last one decade in line with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Vision 2021 and Vision 2041 that envisages the transformation of Bangladesh into Sonar Bangla or Golden Bengal as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He also informed the visiting minister about the year-long celebration of the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu, commencing on March 17, and reiterated Prime Minister’s invitation to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to join the celebration.

He also expressed his deep appreciation for German technology and asked German investors to invest more in Bangladesh particularly in the Special Economic Zones and Hi-tech Parks, taking advantage of attractive incentive packages, available skilled manpower and IT professionals and a growing middle-class consumers.

He also suggested that giant German motor vehicle manufacturers like BMW can build assembling plants in Bangladesh, which was appreciated by the German Minister, the foreign ministry said.

The issue of climate change also figured in the meeting. Momen mentioned about Bangladesh government’s plan to plant 10 million new trees during Mujib Year. Muller also called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban on Tuesday night.

The German minister is visiting Bangladesh at the invitation of the Foreign Minister. He will leave for India on Wednesday after visiting the Rohingya camps.