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Rohingya repatriation to dominate agenda during US official’s visit: FM

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 05:50 PM, 12 October 2020   Updated: 05:55 PM, 12 October 2020

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen. Photo: Collected

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen. Photo: Collected

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said that Bangladesh will raise the Rohingya issue during a US high official’s Dhaka visit and seek stronger global support, especially from the United States, for the quick repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar. 

"Our key focus is on repatriation. It's a global responsibility. Rohingyas must go back," the minister told reporters on Monday. 

Bangladesh will also seek investment in infrastructure development and visa issues during the visit, Dr Momen said.

US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun arrives Dhaka on Wednesday afternoon from India wrapping up his ongoing visit there. 

He will leave Bangladesh on October 16 after meeting with senior government officials, including Minister Dr Momen and State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam.

The US will reaffirm the Bangladesh-US partnership during the visit. 

The Deputy Secretary’s engagements in Bangladesh will focus on advancing the common vision of a free, open, inclusive, peaceful, and secure Indo-Pacific region with shared prosperity for all, according to the Office of the Spokesperson at the US Department of State.

Both sides will also discuss Bangladesh-US cooperation on Covid-19 response and recovery efforts; and sustainable economic development.

The Deputy Secretary is visiting New Delhi, India where he will meet senior government officials and deliver keynote remarks at the India-US Forum. 

- UNB