Rohingya repatriation must for regional security: PM

Careful steps needed in new cold war situation: BJP GS Ram Madhav

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 12:07, Nov 11,2019 | Updated: 14:34, Nov 12,2019


Sheikh Hasina

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina asked the world community to take appropriate measures for sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas for regional security and development, saying peace and harmony are essential for the prosperity of the region.

She said these during the inauguration of the three-day function styled Dhaka Global Dialogue jointly organised by Observer Research Foundation (ORF) of India and Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).

‘More than 1.1 million Rohingyas from Myanmar fled to Bangladesh in the face of persecution and they are a threat to the security not only for Bangladesh but also for the region. I urge the world community to take appropriate action realising the gravity of the threat,’ she said, according to Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.

Stressing the need for maintaining peace and harmony for the prosperity of the region, she said collective efforts were essential for economic progress, security, peace and stability in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal as environment, ecology and security of the ocean and the sea directly affect the economy and the security of these nations.

Countries in the Indian and Pacific Ocean region require collective and careful steps for maintaining peace and security amid the inkling of a new cold war, local and foreign politicians and experts said in Dhaka on Monday. 

‘A new cold war is emerging as countries are changing,’ Bharatia Janata Party general secretary Ram Madhav said at a dialogue in Dhaka on the concept of growth and development in the Indo-Pacific region. ‘The Indo-pacific region has to be free and cannot be captured like in the past. Therefore rules have to be made for states to adhere to.’

Situation in the region should be dealt carefully as ‘the global power axis is shifting’, he said.

ORF president Samir Saran said Bangladesh’s progress would be a key contributor to the creation of a new framework for growth and development in the Indo-Pacific region as the world was grappling with the uncertainties and challenges of the geostrategic realignments, vagaries of climate change and the fourth industrial revolution.

Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque said securitisation would be the worst possible thing to happen to the climate change and the migration debates.

Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam, Australian high commissioner Julia Niblett, BIISS director general AKM Abdur Rahman,

Over 150 delegates from over 50 countries are taking part in the dialogue to discuss, ideate and debate the most pressing global imperatives.

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