Bangladesh and Denmark on Tuesday signed a political declaration over Denmark's support to local communities in Cox's Bazar, and discussed the present Rohingya crisis. The fast and sudden Rohingya influx, repeating floods and cyclones during the monsoon have put a severe pressure on livelihoods in Cox's Bazar.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque welcomed State Secretary of the Danish Development Cooperation Martin Bille Hermann to discuss among others the present Rohingya crisis and bilateral relations within trade and development.
Martin Bille Hermann praised Bangladesh for having performed a great task by taking in hundreds of thousands Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar since the influx began on August 25.
Denmark was one of the first responding donors to the ongoing crisis and has so far committed over DKK 120 million (USD 18.7 million) for humanitarian relief of the Rohingya refugees through UN agencies and NGOs.
Denmark has allocated an additional DKK 33 million (USD 5.2 million) to the existing Country Programme which includes agricultural education, climate change adaptation and human rights support to the local people in Cox's Bazar, said the Foreign Ministry here.
Haque and Martin Bille Hermann also discussed the mutual development cooperation where Bangladesh has made impressive achievements.
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