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BD voices concern again at Rohingya persecution

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UNB, Dhaka :
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Tuesday expressed concern at the disproportionate actions by the Myanmar military in the recent past on the Rohingya population of Rakhine State.
He referred to the atrocities as ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine State, which has been identified as possible crimes against humanity by UN agencies
and International Human Rights bodies.
He conveyed that Bangladesh wants Myanmar to take back their nationals by creating a safe and dignified situation in Rakhine.
He sought full support of the French government to raise voice at the international level against the oppression on the Rohingya community by Myanmar military.
The issue came up for discussion when outgoing French Ambassador to Bangladesh Sophie Aubert paid a farewell call on the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam at Parliament in the afternoon.
Describing the recent situation in Rakhine as 'cleansing', the Ambassador shared that they are fully aware of the issue and highly appreciated the Bangladesh's role in this regard.
The French Ambassador thanked the State Minister for Foreign Affairs for extending all-out support and cooperation during her tenure in Bangladesh.
French Ambassador to Bangladesh Sophie Aubert on Tuesday expressed hope that many projects which have been launched between Bangladesh and France including Bangabandhu Satellite, will continue and emphasised continued strengthening of bilateral relations.
The State Minister mentioned that France is not only the development partner, but also a very good friend since the inception of independent Bangladesh in 1971.
He mentioned that there are immense potentials in the bilateral trade and investment sector.
He thanked the outgoing French Ambassador for her constructive role in taking the Bangladesh-France relations to a newer height during her tenure in Dhaka.

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