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France to support Bangladesh on Rohingya issue

France to support Bangladesh on Rohingya issue

France government will stay beside Bangladesh to resolve the Rohingya crisis, said Buon Tan, head of a visiting delegation of French Parliament, as he called on Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury at her office on Wednesday, reports BSS. Buon also lauded Bangladesh's role on displaced Rohingya people who fled into Bangladesh being the worst victims of military atrocities at Rakhine state in Myanmar. Referring to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's recent visit to France and meeting with French President, the visiting French parliamentarian hoped that ties between the two countries will reach a new height in the days to come. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury expressed her gratitude to the French government and other international communities for helping Bangladesh on Rohingya issue and further urged them to play an active role to ensure safe and sustainable repatriation of the displaced Rohingyas. "Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has opened a new door of humanity by giving shelter to the displaced Rohingyas," the speaker said The issue, she said, could be settled through implementation of the five-point proposal earlier forwarded by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the United Nations General Assembly. Recalling the appreciations came from international community for the steps taken by Bangladesh to this end, the Speaker said Myanmar should come forward to resolve the crisis. The delegation informed the Speaker that they would visit Cox's Bazar Rohingya camps to witness their plights and also distribute health and sanitation materials among them. During the meeting, issues related to mutual interests also came up for the discussion, said an official press release. French Parliament member Martin Leguille among others, was also present. UNB adds: Meanwhile French President Emmanuel Macron on December 12 assured Bangladesh of his country's humanitarian support and playing a due role in the UN and other international forums for having a permanent solution to the ongoing Rohingya crisis. Macron came up with the assurance during a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Elysee Palace on December 12, 2017. Foreign Secretary ShahidulHaque briefed reporters after the meeting. "We'll continue our humanitarian support and play our role in the United Nations and other international forums so that the Rohingya problem comes to an end permanently," he quoted the French President as saying. At the meeting, Macron wanted to know from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina about the present status of the Rohingya crisis, what Bangladesh is doing now and what it expects from France in this connection. In reply, Sheikh Hasina said now over one million forcibly displaced Myanmar Rohingyas are living in Bangladesh and this is a big burden on the country and also a problem for its environment.

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