US for putting pressure on Myanmar over Rohingya repatriation

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Robert Miller on Monday laid emphasis on creating pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingyas from Bangladesh.

"Pressure should be created on Myanmar to take back (Rohingyas)," he said when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.

PM's press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

The US Ambassador said the US highly appreciates the generosity of the Prime Minister for hosting over 1 million Rohingyas.

He also congratulated the Prime Minister on the eve of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman that falls on Tuesday.

Miller said the US Embassy in Dhaka will celebrate Bangabandhu’s birth centenary with separate programmes.

He handed over a photo album signed by the photographer of Bangabandhu and then US President Gerald Ford during his visit in the USA in October 1974.

The Prime Minister said the government has rescheduled the birth centenary programmes due to the coronavirus outbreak.

She said the government has taken full precautionary measures to combat the virus.

Talking about the birth centenary programmes, Sheikh Hasina said various types of social programmes, including tree plantation, have been taken.

She said the government will ensure cent percent electricity in the country and build homes for the homeless by the ‘Mujib Barsho’ (March 17, 2020 to March 26, 2021).

PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus was present at the meeting.

Later, French intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy who participated in Bangladesh's Liberation War paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister.

Henri Levy handed over a letter of French President Emmanuel Macron to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the press secretary said.

"It's a letter from the heart and we want to build real strategic partnership with Bangladesh," he said.

Henri Levy said, "I've talked to our president Emmanuel Macron and he is impressed with your patriotism."

He said he has come to Bangladesh to be part of the birth centenary celebrations of Bangabandhu.

Henri Levy, who was a member of the International Brigade, recalled that he moved with the Indian army in Bangladesh during the Liberation War.

The French intellectual also said he is keen to make a documentary on Bangladesh.

He suggested collecting information about the martyrs of the Liberation War as much as possible for realising the recognition of genocide in 1971.

PM's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus and Trustee of Liberation War Museum Mafidul Haque were present.

Source: United News of Bangladesh