PM to seek G7 support for Rohingya solutions

Hasina-Trudeau meeting Sunday

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 01:37, Jun 06,2018 | Updated: 01:56, Jun 06,2018

 
 

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled for Thursday to leave Dhaka on a four-day official visit
in Canada to attend the outreach meeting of heads of the government of the Group of Seven, also known as G7, member countries and organisations.
She would also hold a bilateral talks with Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali said at a press conference in Dhaka on Tuesday.
The prime minister would seek support from the G7 member countries for sustainable and peaceful solutions to protracted Rohingya crisis with Myanmar, he said.
She would also ask the Canadian government to extradite Noor Chowdhury, sentenced to death, along with others, on charge killing the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Ali said.
British prime minister Theresa May, French president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, US president Donald Trump and host Trudeau are scheduled to join the G7 outreach meeting on June 9 after holding a summit of the group on June 8.
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk are also likely to attend the meetings in Charlevoix of Quebec.
Trudeau invited Argentina president Mauricio Macri, also the G20 chair, prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Haiti president Jovenel Moise, also the chair of the Caribbean Community, Jamaica prime minister Andrew Holness, Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta, Marshall Islands president Hilda Heine, Norway prime minister Erna Solberg, Rwanda president Paul Kagame, also the chair of the African Union, Senegal president Macky Sall, Seychelles president Danny Faure, South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa, Vietnam prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development secretary-general Jose Angel Gurria, United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres and World Bank chief executive officer Kristalina Georgieva to join the outreach session.
Hasina is also expected to call on several heads of governments on the sideline of the outreach meetings, said the foreign minister.
About 7,00,000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and aged people, entered Bangladesh fleeing murder, arson and rape during ‘security operations’ by Myanmar military in Rakhine, what the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing and genocide, beginning from August 25, 2017.
The ongoing Rohingya influx took to about 11,16,000 the number of undocumented Myanmar nationals and registered refugees in Bangladesh, according to estimates by UN agencies and Bangladesh foreign ministry.
Bangladesh and Myanmar signed three instruments since November 23, 2017, for return of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals sheltered in Bangladesh after October 2016, as the Rohingya exodus from Rakhine State continued.
Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque and senior foreign ministry officials were present at the press conference. 

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