H.E. Foreign Minister Momen seeks support and cooperation from ASEAN Regional Forum regarding Rohingya

Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen sought support and cooperation from ASEAN Regional Forum Partners so that the Rohingyas can return to their homeland in safety and security. Dr. Momen made this appeal today in Bangkok at the 26th ASEAN Regional Forum. The Government of Thailand as the Chair of ASEAN is hosting this year’s ASEAN Regional Forum where Foreign Ministers from 26 countries and High Representative from European Union including USA, UK, Japan, China and India are participating. Bangladesh Foreign Minister mentioned that if the Rohingya crisis remains unresolved for long, it may seriously undermine the security and stability of the entire region. He sought comprehensive engagement of the international community, particularly ASEAN, in the creation of a conducive environment in northern Rakhine State as well as in the repatriation and reintegration process.

Foreign Minister Momen stated that Bangladesh is not in a position to bear the burnt for indefinite period and it should be a global responsibility to resolve this issue. At the Forum, Foreign Ministers from Japan, USA, Canada, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, and Malaysia urged Myanmar to create conducive environment for early repatriation of Rohingya in safety and dignity and they also sought ASEAN’s enhanced engagement in this process. USA, Canada and Malaysia particularly emphasized on ensuring justice and accountability in relation to atrocities committed against Rohingyas.

At this regional high-level Forum, Dr. Momen embarked on key regional issues including denuclearization of Korean Peninsula, degradation of marine environment, human trafficking, illicit drugs trafficking, cybercrimes, etc. He stressed on the need for sustained peaceful atmosphere in the Korean Peninsula for the continued stability in the Asia-pacific region.