Bangladesh PM seeks EU support for Rohingya reparation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought continued support of the European Union (EU) including Italy to ensure a safe, dignified and sustainable return of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas.

“The Bangladesh prime minister also expressed thanks to the EU including Italy for their support to the cause of the Rohingyas,” said a nine-point joint statement issued on the outcomes of bilateral talks between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte here on Wednesday.

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The talks were held at Palazzo Chigi, the official residence of the Italian prime minister, where the two leaders discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction at the present state of economic cooperation between the two countries, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told reporters earlier.

The statement said both sides welcomed the International Court of Justice’s January 23 decision on the Rohingya crisis.

It said the Bangladesh premier called for international community’s support in implementing the decision of International Court of Justice.

Conte expressed Italy’s appreciation for the Bangladeshi management of the Rohingya crisis.

He underlined the political and financial support Italy has been delivering through UN agencies to help Bangladesh cope with the humanitarian emergency and encouraged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to continue with the policy of hospitality Bangladesh has followed so far.

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