The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau :
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen, MP thanked the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for declaring the COVID-19 vaccine a public good and requested for UN’s initiatives to make it accessible to all. He said so while having a bilateral meeting with the Secretary-General at the UN Headquarters on Thursday (June 17).
The Secretary-General in response informed about his efforts during the recent G-7 summit where he particularly mentioned Bangladesh’s capacity to produce vaccines. “The UN has a special relation with Bangladesh”, said the Secretary-General. He praised Bangladesh’s strong leadership role in all areas of the UN’s activities, especially in peacekeeping, climate change, and women empowerment.
The Foreign Minister thanked the Secretary-General for his continued attention to the Rohingya issue and said that SG’s personal intervention is now needed more than ever as the political situation in Myanmar had deteriorated. The Foreign Minister also stated that it is frustrating that many influential countries have enhanced their economic and business relations with Myanmar while publicly decrying the human rights violations there.
Referring to the humanitarian gesture of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in providing shelter to the Rohingya, the Secretary-General thanked Bangladesh for hosting the displaced Rohingya minorities from Myanmar. “The world will not forget Bangladesh’s generosity in hosting the largest refugee camps of the world”, the Secretary-General added. The Foreign Minister briefed the SG about the facilities in Bhashan Char and stressed the importance of the UN’s operations there.
Later in the afternoon, the Foreign Minister held a meeting with Rosemary Di Carlo, Under-Secretary-General for Department for Peacebuilding and Political Affairs. During the meeting, they discussed the current political situation in Myanmar and its impacts on the repatriation of the Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh to Myanmar.