Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the Commonwealth countries to exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop persecution on its Rohingya citizens and take them back from Bangladesh at the earliest.
“I would like to request you all to discuss the Rohingya issue with utmost importance and exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop persecution on its citizens [Rohingyas]and take them back at the earliest,” she said.
The PM officially inaugurated the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) at the South Plaza on Parliament premises on Sunday.
She said ‘Friendship to all, malice to none’ is Bangladesh’s policy in maintaining relations with foreign countries.
“Especially, we’re eager to maintain good relations with our neighbours.”
Sheikh Hasina, also the vice patron of the 63rd CPC, said Bangladesh resolved long-standing problems of Ganges water sharing and land boundary dispute with India through signing treaties.
“Similarly, maritime boundary problem with India and Myanmar was also resolved amicably,” she said.
But the inhuman persecution inflicted on the Rohingya population in the Rakhaine state of Myanmar and their forceful expulsion from their homeland have created instability in the region and beyond, she added.
“We’ve given temporary shelter to this huge number of people on humanitarian ground,” the PM said.
The CPA and Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad are jointly arranging the conference with the theme: ‘Continuing to enhance the high standards of performance of parliamentarians’.
Messages of Queen Elizabeth (II) and Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat Patricia Scotland were read out on the program.
The eight-day conference 2017 began on November 1 with the meetings of different committees and sub-committees of the CPA as well as conferences of small branches before the official inauguration.