24 May 2022, 16:33
Update : 24 May 2022, 21:40

Momen urges UN to take 'practical actions' for repatriating Rohingyas

 DHAKA, May 24, 2022 (BSS) - Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen today urged 
the United Nations (UN) to take 'practical actions' to ensure early 
repatriation of the Rohingyas to their homeland Myanmar.

He made the urge while the newly appointed UN Resident Coordinator Gwyn Lewis 
presenting her credentials to him at the State Guest House Padma here. 

Lewis handed over a letter from UN Secretary General António Guterres, 
thereby officially entering into her new role by succeeding Mia Seppo, a 
foreign ministry press release said. 

During the meeting, the minister emphasized the need for increasing efforts 
from the UN and other stakeholders to maintain worldwide awareness about the 
plight of the Rohingya people. 

Momen also underscored the importance of starting the work of UN bodies in 
Bhasan Char following up the signing of MoU between the Government of 
Bangladesh and UNHCR in last October. 

Welcoming Lewis to Bangladesh, the foreign minister expressed deep 
appreciation for long-standing cooperation between Government of Bangladesh 
and the UN in diverse fields ranging from development, peace and women 

Lewis lauded the Government for its stellar performance in all developmental 

They also discussed other issues of importance, such as the need for global 
climate financing and Bangladesh's crucial role in UN Peacekeeping 

Momen expressed Bangladesh's readiness to send more peacekeepers to UN 
peacekeeping missions. 

Gwyn Lewis, an Irish national, has been working with the UN for around 20 
years where her prior assignments include working as the Director of UNRWA 
Affairs (UN Relief and Works Agency) in Palestine, the release added.