Momen-Cleverly talks: UK reiterates pledge to resolve Rohingya crisis


British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has reiterated his government’s commitment to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

He made the assurance while holding a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen on the sidelines of the 18th IISS Manama Dialogue in Bahrain on the second day, Saturday, a foreign ministry press release said in Dhaka today (Nov 20, 2022).

The British Foreign Secretary expressed deep appreciation to Bangladesh for continuing to provide all necessary means of support to the displaced Rohingya people from Myanmar.

During the meeting, the two foreign ministers discussed a number of issues of mutual interest, including climate change, human rights, social justice, democracy and the Russo-Ukraine war.

They also reaffirmed the excellent relations between Bangladesh and the UK based on shared values, beliefs, and cultures of the people of both nations.

The foreign ministers also underscored the urgent need for a quick resolution of the Russia-Ukraine War to restore regional peace, security, and stability as well as global energy and food supply chains.

Bangladesh foreign minister reiterated his appreciation to the British government for the mutual support and cooperation on numerous multilateral issues in international forums and invited Secretary Cleverly to visit Bangladesh at the earliest opportunity.

Dr. Momen congratulated Cleverly on his reappointment as the Foreign Secretary and recalled the support that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman received from the UK, particularly from the then Conservative Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.

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