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06:26 PM, October 11, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:28 PM, October 11, 2017

Rohingyas now burden for Bangladesh: Speaker

Bangladesh gave shelter to Rohingyas only on humanitarian ground, but now they have become a burden for the country, Jatiya Sangsad Speaker and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association chairman Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has said.

She came up with the comment while addressing a daylong parliamentary network workshop organised by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund at the IMF headquarters in Washington DC, said a release.

She called upon the world leaders, inducing donor agencies, to take immediate effective steps for the permanent solution to Rohingyas, who have fled to Bangladesh fearing persecution in Myanmar.

In her speech, Shirin said: "Bangladesh has set up a unique example before the global community in economic development of the country under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. But the Rohingyas who were given shelter on humanitarian ground, have become a burden for the country at present.”

Bangladesh is at high risk due to climate change although it is less responsible for the global problem, she said adding that the country is working to ensure environmental balance despite its limited resources.

She also urged the developed countries to come forward to save the countries, which are at high risk, from the natural disasters caused by climate change.

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