Thursday, 13 August, 2020

Dhaka seeks Tokyo, Minsk’s support for early Rohingya repatriation

Published on: 8:26 pm - Wednesday | December 11, 2019


Bangladesh has sought Japan’s support for the early repatriation of Rohingyas, currently living in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps, to their place of origin in Myanmar’s Rakhine State –reports UNB.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen discussed the issue when Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito met him at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.

The Japanese Ambassador reaffirmed the commitment of Japanese humanitarian assistance for Rohingyas in Bangladesh and continued support for the safe and voluntary repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar and their resettlement.

The Foreign Minister also discussed the Rohingya situation in details with Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Andrei Dapkunas at his office here on the same day.

Dr Momen urged Dapkunas to talk to his counterpart of Myanmar, and also mentioned that the Belarusian government needs to extend its assistance to ensure the safe and dignified repatriation of the forcefully displaced Rohingyas to their homeland, Myanmar.

Dapkunas assured that his government would look into the matter positively, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.

During the two meetings, they seized the opportunity to share major bilateral issues.

Dr Momen thanked the Japanese government through the newly-appointed Ambassador for concluding MoC (Memorandum of Cooperation) on recruiting ‘Specified Skilled Workers’ by Japan from Bangladesh.

He also mentioned that Bangladesh is driving for the digital economy by high-tech manufacturing Hi-Tech Parks in different places of Bangladesh which are now ready for investment with all necessary off-site infrastructures.

In this regard, he sought Japanese investment in Bangladesh’s IT sector.

During the meeting with Belarus Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr Momen discussed various issues of mutual interests ranging from trade and economic cooperation and agreed to strengthen the already existing friendly ties.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister expressed gratitude to the people of Belarus for their support during the War of Liberation in 1971 and appreciated the fact that the relations between the two countries were deepening gradually through a number of initiatives taken by the two governments.

He underscored the need for exchange of more trade and investment delegations, and invited Belarusian businessmen and entrepreneurs to invest in Export Processing Zones (EPZs), Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Hi-Tech Parks (HTP) in Bangladesh.

The Belarusian Deputy Minister said his country would be the Chair of the Eurasian Economic Commission from January 1, 2020 for one year.

Foreign Minister Dr Momen urged his government to play a special role in favour of Bangladesh to get duty- and quota-free facilities to the Eurasian market.