Published:  03:11 AM, 18 May 2019

Rohingya issue to go to ICJ

Gambian Foreign Minister tells PM

Rohingya issue to go to ICJ Gambian Foreign Minister Dr Mamadou Tangara called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban yesterday. -PID

Gambia has expressed its commit to take the Rohingya issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to ensure justice for the Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh from Rakhine of Myanmar amid persecutions by army.

Visiting Gambian Foreign Minister Dr Mamadou Tangara expressed the pledge at a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban on Thursday.Prime Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed newsmen after the meeting.

The Gambian minister said his country will continue its cooperation with Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue as it is one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world.He praised the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the tremendous development Bangladesh has attained, especially in field of women development and empowerment.

Recalling his meeting with the Bangladesh foreign minister and signing of a foreign office protocol, Dr Mamadou said his country is interested to have cooperation with Bangladesh bin the field of science and technology too. He handed over a letter of Gambian President to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Ihsanul Karim said that at the meeting, the Prime Minister described her long struggle for the restoration of democracy in Bangladesh following her return to Bangladesh on May 17 in 1981 from self-exile after being elected president of Awami League in her absence.

Sheikh Hasina said she and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana escaped the massacre of August 15, 1975 when some disgruntled Army officers killed all other members of her family, including Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

'After my coming back home, it was a long journey to establish democracy in the country. We're now trying our best to improve the lifestyle of the people of the country,' she said.Highlighting the economic development of Bangladesh, the Prime Minister said that the gross domestic product registered an 8.1 percent growth while the poverty rate has come down to 21 percent.

She said her government is setting up 100 economic zones across the country to accelerate the industrial development and create jobs.Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Prime Minister's International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi and Principal Secretary M Nojibur Rahman were, among others, present at the meeting.


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