Rohingya crisis: Tofail dismisses BNP claims of ‘diplomatic failure’


Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
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Dismissing the BNP’s claims that the government has ‘failed diplomatically’ to deal with the Rohingya  issue, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Monday said if that was true, the entire world would not be appreciating Bangladesh.

 

“If the government had not gained diplomatic success in dealing with Rohingya crisis, the Turkish president, the British prime minister and others would not have thanked our Prime Minister (Sheikh Hasina),” he told a discussion at the Dhaka University campus on Monday night.

 

Tofail said opposing on all issues just for the sake of opposition is ‘not fair at all’.

 

Noting that over 600,000 forcefully displaced Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh since August 25, the Commerce Minister said every country supports the prime minister on the Rohingya issue.

 

“That’s why she is called the mother of humanity and the daughter of the east,” he added.

 

Observing that the Myanmar military is persecuting the Rohingya people in Rakhine State, Tofail acknowledged it is a great crisis for Bangladesh.

 

“We have given shelter to them on humanitarian grounds. But we urge the Myanmar government to repatriate their displaced people,” Tofail said.

 

The commerce minister was speaking as chief guest at the discussion organized by the Faculty of Business Studies at DU, that was also attended by the foreign secretary.

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