DHAKA: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed deep concern over the delay in Rohingya repatriation.
Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN said this in a statement received here on Thursday (June 13).
It stated that State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam had a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on June 11.
Rohingya issue and the celebration of birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in New York have been discussed in the meeting.
In the meeting, Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs has shared the existing problems regarding the Rohingya issue with Antonio Guterres and informed him about Myanmar's non-cooperation in starting the repatriation.
Shahriar Alam also informed Guterres about steps taken at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit to put Myanmar's accountability issue over Rohingya crisis before the International Court.
The State Minister requested Guterres and the UN to participate as a body in the celebration of Bangabandhu's birth centenary and golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence.
The UN chief lauded Bangladesh's progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He thanked Bangladesh's government and its people for their generosity and humanitarian assistance in the Rohingya issue and expressed his concerned for delay in Rohingya repatriation.
Bangladesh Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and Permanent Representative (PR) of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen were present in the meeting.
BDST: 1352 HRS, JUNE 13, 2019