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Denmark to support local communities of Cox's Bazar

DHAKA, Nov 14, 2017 (BSS) - A political declaration regarding Denmark's support to the local communities in Cox's Bazar was signed between Bangladesh and Denmark here today.

The declaration was signed at a meeting between State Secretary of the Danish Development Cooperation Martin Bille Hermann and Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque at his office here, said an official relesae.

They also discussed about the present Rohingya crisis and bilateral relations within trade and development.

Martin Bille Hermann praised Bangladesh for having performed a great task by taking in the hundreds of thousands Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar since the influx began on August 25.

Denmark has allocated an additional DKK 33 million (USD 5.2 million) to the existing Country Programme which includes agricultural education, climate change adaptation and human rights support to the local people in Cox's Bazar as the fast and sudden Rohingya influx, repeating floods and cyclones during the monsoon have put severe pressure on livelihoods in the area.

Denmark was one of the first responding donors to the on-going crisis and has so far committed over DKK 120 million (USD 18.7 million) for humanitarian relief of the Rohingya refugees through UN agencies and NGO's, the release said.