Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who came to attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, held a meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. In the meeting, two leaders discussed the problems of Myanmar and the Rohingya Muslim refugees.
The meeting was held at the hotel suite of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Grand Hyatt on 19th September night.
After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said to journalists at the briefing that Mahmud Abbas apprised the Prime Minister about the current situation of the Palestine crisis. During this time, the Prime Minister reaffirmed her commitment to stay beside the Palestinian people.
The Press Secretary said the Palestinian President highly praised the prime minister’s role in the issue of Rohingya, saying it is a disaster. Everybody everywhere is appreciating the Bangladesh Prime Minister for her humanitarian gesture.
Sheikh Hasina said, as a human being, everyone has some humanitarian virtues. Currently 7 million Myanmar refugees are living under a makeshift arrangement in Bangladesh, although Myanmar must take these citizens back, she said. The Prime Minister also mentioned that Bangladesh has taken an initiative to mount international pressure on Myanmar in view of this reason.
During this time, for the rehabilitation of the Rohingya refugees, the Prime Minister also informed President Mahmud Abbas about relief efforts. Sheikh Hasina said she knows the pains of a refugee, because she and her sister were refugees for six years after the brutal killing of Bangabandhu in 1975.
The Prime Minister said that the government has taken initiatives for the registration of the Rohingya refugees to ensure their identities.
Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali, Chief Secretary Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque were present at the time.
As a result of the meetings between both leaders, the President of Palestine has instructed the Palestinian international cooperation agency at the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Palestine in cooperation with the Palestine Embassy in Dhaka to arrange a quick relief aids for the Rohingyas in different fields, such as, medicine, food, shelters and different medical assistance as soon as possible.