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
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.