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‘UK committed to working with Dhaka on Rohingyas’

UK Minister Alok Sharma meets Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban on Saturday

By Syed Zainul Abedin, Manik Miazee
March 5, 2017

UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific Alok Sharma made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban on Saturday morning.

Alok said in an earlier tweet that the UK is committed to working with Bangladesh and Myanmar on the Rohingya issue.

He tweeted after the meeting: “Delighted to meet #Bangladesh PM Hasina. Excellent & substantive discussions. Great opportunity 2 further already strong #UK-Bangladesh ties.”

On Friday, Sharma attended a meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at the State Guest House Padma. They discussed global and regional political issues as well as trade and investment between the UK and Bangladesh.

During his three-day tour, Sharma also met with representatives from the business community, various minority and faith groups, and members of civil society in Bangladesh.

The UK minister arrived in Dhaka on Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the visiting UK minister met with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday and told her that the UK wanted to see fair and participatory polls.

“The UK wants to see a representative government in Bangladesh as they want a fair and inclusive election in Bangladesh,” he told reporters after the meeting.

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