Gambia's Foreign Minister wants more funds to continue Rohingya genocide case
Dhaka, February 14: As the International Court of Justice (ICJ) faces a lack of funding for the Rohingya genocide case, Gambia's Foreign Minister Dr. Mamadou Tangara has expressed hope that more countries will contribute to the African country's cooperation in the prosecution of the case.
After a bilateral meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen at the Rashtriya Guest House on Sunday evening, Tangara told reporters, "We need concrete steps. Help us raise more voices so that Rohingya voices are heard."
Tangara said the Rohingya issue is in their hearts and they will continue their efforts to ensure that the voice of the Rohingya is heard and that they can return to their motherland with dignity.
During the meeting, Momen thanked the Gambian minister for supporting the issues of accountability and justice related to the genocide committed by Myanmar against the forcibly displaced Rohingyas. He also praised Gambia's continued engagement with the legal team in the Rohingya case at the International Court of Justice.
Gambian Foreign Minister Tangara assured continued mutual cooperation to work closely to call for a durable solution to the Rohingya crisis, including their safe, dignified, and voluntary return to Myanmar.
The meeting called for accelerating the ongoing process of justice and accountability to address human rights violations against the Rohingya population in Myanmar. The two ministers expressed their commitment to further strengthen the long-standing friendly and brotherly relations between the two countries and to work towards maintaining peace and justice in the global arena. Both the ministers agreed to develop cooperation in possible areas including education, agriculture, information technology and ICT, trade and investment, and people-to-people contacts.
The meeting highlighted the importance of enhancing dialogue and strengthening economic, political and security cooperation on matters of mutual interest between Bangladesh and The Gambia.
During the meeting, the two ministers also discussed South-South cooperation in the context of multilateral frameworks, closer cooperation in agriculture between the two countries, and the global situation due to the Ukraine crisis.