Foreign buyers who cancelled RMG orders from Bangladesh amid corona pandemic has committed an irresponsible act.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen made the comment while talking to Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mr. Simon Coveney.
The FM said such irresponsible behaviour by foreign companies is adversely affecting 4 million RMG workers in Bangladesh, most of whom are women, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.
He requested Irish companies to honour their contract.
Dr Momen informed his counterpart about the availability of a huge pool of IT experts (6,00,000) whose expertise could be used by Ireland.
He also requested the Irish Government to ease and facilitate visa procedures for Bangladesh nationals.
The Irish Deputy Prime Minister highly lauded Bangladesh’s humane gesture in hosting 1.1 million persecuted Rohingyas from Myanmar.
“Bangladesh has played a very significant role in extending temporary shelter to this huge number of Rohingyas, a number almost equivalent to a quarter of the population of Ireland,” the Irish FM added.
While Dr Momen thanked his Irish counterpart for their continued support on Rohingya issue, he expressed deep concern that there was no progress in repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar.
He informed Mr Coveney that till to date Myanmar had not taken a single Rohingyas back. He urged EU countries to exert more pressure on Myanmar so that it takes its nationals back.
“The situation has become untenable for us,” he added. EU countries should step forward and share the responsibility, he continued.
The foreign minister hoped that if elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Ireland will play a more robust role in the Council. The Irish deputy prime minister assured Ireland’s continued support and active engagement in this regard.
The Irish minister applauded the leadership role of Bangladesh in UN Peacekeeping and expressed willingness to work jointly in this area.