Bangladesh hit by refugee crisis, says PM

Bangladesh hit by refugee crisis, says PM


Describing the refugee crisis as a global problem, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh has also been hit by it due to the intrusion of Myanmar nationals into the country.

She made the remarks when German MPs Hans-Peter Uhl (PhD) and Thorsten Frei called on her at her Parliament office.

PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

Terming terrorism a global phenomenon, the Prime Minister underscored the need for united efforts to fight the menace. “We have to combat it collectively,” she said, adding that her government has taken a zero-tolerance stance against terrorism and militancy.

She also said the government is in direct contacts with people from all strata of life, including guardians, teachers, students, religious leaders and public representatives, to create awareness about the social menace and the response is very positive. “Now people are cooperating with the law enforcement agencies to eliminate it from the country,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina told the German MPs that she will visit German city of Munich this month to attend an international security conference which is very important in the present global context.

Talking about the philosophy of the government to develop the country in a faster way, she said Bangladesh needs more investment from home and abroad for that reason and sought more investment from Germany, too.

Elaborating various pragmatic steps of her government taken for the welfare of the country and its people, the Prime Minister said the rate of extreme poverty has been slid down to 12 percent and the government is working hard to reduce it further.

She also mentioned that the government has already achieved 7.1 percent GDP growth.

Sheikh Hasina said her government’s main aim is to ensure people’s basic needs, including food, clothes, housing and healthcare.

She recalled with gratitude the days she passed in Germany after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975.

At the outset of the meeting, the Prime Minister welcomed the German MPs to Bangladesh, saying Germany was the first among the European countries to recognise Bangladesh as an independent country.

The German MPs described terrorism as the big problem for the whole world, saying Germany could share its knowledge to combat it.

They also termed refugee a massive problem.

The two German MPs also highly appreciated Bangladesh’s socioeconomic development under the visionary and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

PM’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, Senior Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office Suraiya Begum and German Ambassador in Dhaka Dr Thomas Prinz were present at the meeting.


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