Appreciating Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's humanitarian support to the Rohingyas, UK's Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field underlined the need for the refugees' voluntary, dignified and sustainable return to Myanmar involving UN agencies.
He said this while receiving the newly-appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem at his office in London on Thursday.
Tasneem reassured the UK that Hasina in her new term would continue to uphold the “principles of non-refoulement” and “humanitarianism” and ensure a voluntary, safe and sustainable return of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals that fled to Bangladesh to escape persecutions in Myanmar.
Field reiterated that the UK would continue to play its leadership role in the UN Security Council and bilaterally with Bangladesh in ensuring prevention of human rights violations and alleged genocide of the Rohingyas.
He commended Bangladesh for its leadership role in UN Peacekeeping and recognised the sacrifice made by fallen peacekeepers from Bangladesh for global peace.
Field said the UK would be more focused on strengthening its trade, and economic and security cooperation with Bangladesh in the days to come.
He lauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for including younger generation of politicians in her new cabinet.
Tasneem said Bangladesh and PM Hasina have a renewed commitment to take Bangladesh-UK relations to a new level of strategic and economic partnership, and expressed her own resolve to unfold new areas of mutually beneficial cooperation in Bangladesh-UK relations.