Hasina warns against exploiting Rohingyas | Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 08, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, April 08, 2019

Hasina warns against exploiting Rohingyas

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday feared that vested quarters might exploit the frustrated Rohingya youths to materialise their ill motive.

"The young people who do not have any work are also not sure about their repatriation to their homeland and getting frustrated about their uncertain future. Vested groups can exploit those people for bad purposes," she said.

The prime minister expressed her apprehension while visiting Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom Mark Field, MP met her at her office.

She also said the international community should mount strong pressure so Myanmar takes back their citizens. "This is causing huge pressure in the area and the Rohingyas outnumbered the local people," she said.

The premier's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said Sheikh Hasina mentioned that the plight of the Rohingyas would worsen further during the monsoon. In this connection she said that the government was preparing an island to relocate the Rohingyas temporarily for their better living.

Mentioning the relation between the UK and Bangladesh wonderful, she recalled the support of the UK government and its people for their support during the Liberation War.

The prime minister invited the UK entrepreneurs to come to Bangladesh with their investment.

Regarding the climate change issue she appreciated the UK for supporting Bangladesh. In this connection she said that the government has already constituted a Climate Fund with its own resource and is constructing various infrastructures in the coastal belt areas keeping in mind the climate change issues.

She has struggled all through her life for restoration of democracy in the country, Hasina said, adding media is enjoying total freedom in Bangladesh.

Talking about the flourishing private sectors in the country she said that the present government has boosted up the private sector in the country and opened every sector for them.

Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom Mark Field MP congratulated Sheikh Hasina for her reelection last year.

He said that Bangladesh has very good potential and the relations between Bangladesh and the UK is growing fast.

Mark Field said that the UK government would work with Bangladesh on climate change issue. He also mentioned that his country would cooperate with Bangladesh in education sector.

Regarding the Rohingya issue he said that over one million Rohingyas are a big burden for Bangladesh.

Principal Secretary M Nojibur Rahman and British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson were present during the call on.

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