Momen hopeful of relocateing 1 lakh Rohingyas to Bhasan Char in 1 year
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Momen hopeful of relocateing 1 lakh Rohingyas to Bhasan Char in 1 year

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen yesterday expressed his hope that Bangladesh would be able to fulfill its target of relocating one lakh Rohingyas to Bhasan Char from congested Cox’s Bazar camps by one year as UNHCR agreed to work on it.

“We have already relocated nearly 18,500 Rohingyas to Bhasan Char … we will resume relocating them (to the island) this month,” he told reporters here.

The foreign minister retreated that the relocation of Rohingyas to the island of Bhasan Char would be fully voluntary.

Dr Momen hoped that Myanmar will take back Rohingyas gradually as pressure on them would mount following the recent adoption of a resolution in the United Nations.

“I believe pressure will be mounted on Myanmar as the resolution has been passed by consensus,” he added.

The foreign minister, accompanied by the Sylhet Awami League (AL) leaders, paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreath at his grave here.

President and general secretary of Sylhet city unit AL and valiant freedom fighter Masuk Uddin Ahmed and Professor M Zakir Hossain, among others, also paid tribute to Bangabandhu.

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