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Dhaka, Hanoi sign 3 instruments

PM seeks Hanoi help to solve Rohingya crisis

Vietnam president for long-term solution
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PM seeks Hanoi help to solve Rohingya crisis
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang speak at a joint briefing held at the Prime Minister’s Office in the capital yesterday. PMO photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has sought Vietnam’s support for a solution to the ongoing Rohingya crisis that saw hundreds of thousands of persecuted people flee their homes in Rakhine to Bangladesh to escape the unprecedented atrocities orchestrated by the Myanmar security forces, local Buddhist mobs and people belonging to other ethnic groups. The request was made yesterday during the bilateral talks between the prime minister and visiting Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Prime Minister’s Office.

“Prime minister Sheikh Hasina sought Vietnam’s support for a peaceful solution for affected people from the Rakhine State who took shelter in Bangladesh,” read a 20-point joint statement issued upon the visit of the Vietnamese president.

“President Quang expressed his support for a viable and long-term solution to the problem for the sake of peace, stability and development in the region. In this connection, he welcomed recent agreements between Bangladesh and Myanmar on this issue,” it said.

Besides, Dhaka and Hanoi signed three bilateral instruments during the visit of President Quang, who arrived on Sunday on a three-day trip marking the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.   

At the bilateral talks, Bangladesh and Hanoi stressed the importance of  maintaining peace, stability, and the rule based order for the seas and oceans, including security, safety, and freedom of navigation and over-flight, in accordance with international laws, says the joint statement.

They emphasised on peaceful settlement of all international disputes, including territorial and maritime disputes, in accordance with international laws, including the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Both sides agreed to continue their support for the observations of the Declaration on the conduct of parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and look forward to the conclusion of a substantive Code of Conduct (COC).

The two sides appreciated their cooperation and close coordination at regional and international forums, especially within the framework of the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, South-South Cooperation, and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). Both sides expressed their appreciation for mutual support at international forums.

Vietnam sought Bangladesh’s support in favour of its candidature for a non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council for the period of 2020-2021. Bangladesh agreed to give due consideration to the request, taking into account the tradition of mutual support between the two countries in multilateral fora.  The two sides expressed keen interest to work together and coordinate joint efforts in issues of mutual interest such as sustainable development, disaster and climate change response, water security, and food security.

Prime Minister Hasina reiterated her government’s keen interests to intensify political, trade, and economic relations with the ASEAN countries and sought Vietnam’s support in favour of Bangladesh’s desire to become a Sectoral Dialogue Partner of ASEAN. She also requested the Vietnamese president to support Bangladesh’s effort to join the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC).

President Quang agreed to give due consideration to the requests on the basis of consulting with ASEAN and MGC member countries. Both the leaders highlighted the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries over the forty five years of diplomatic relations and agreed to work out ways and means to further expand and strengthen meaningful bilateral cooperation in all areas of mutual benefit.

The two sides agreed to strengthen the close ties and political understanding between the two countries through exchange of high-level visits and interactions as well as the exchange of delegations at various levels and through increased people-to-people contacts. They agreed to hold the 2nd Political Consultation between the foreign ministries in Hanoi this year to review areas for future cooperation.

The prime minister and the president agreed to strengthen cooperation in security and defense areas through the exchange of goodwill visits and delegations and participation in training in each other’s country. They also agreed to continue cooperation in countering transnational crimes and terrorism. Bangladesh expressed willingness to share its experience in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.

The two sides expressed satisfaction at the growing volume of bilateral trade which in 2017 amounted to nearly US$ 900 million, an increase of around 50% against that of 2016. The two sides also agreed to hold the 2nd meeting of the Joint Committee on Trade in 2018 to seek avenues to enhance bilateral trade.

To promote bilateral investment, the two sides stressed on the need to effectively implement the Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Investment and agreed to create the best conditions for entrepreneurs and business communities of the two countries to explore business and investment opportunities in both countries.  

Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation and sharing of experience and know-how in developing sustainable agriculture and aquaculture. Dhaka and Hanoi stressed the need for implementation of the Air Service Agreement to establish direct air connectivity between the two countries to foster trade, tourism, and people-to-people contact.

While in Dhaka, the Vietnamese president also held meeting with President Abdul Hamid and Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury and Chairman of Bangladesh Workers’ Party Rashed Khan Menon, also the social welfare minister.  He also addressed the Vietnam-Bangladesh Business Forum, met leaders of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the Bangladesh-Vietnam Council for Commerce and Industries and a number of Bangladeshi leading businessmen and attended the cultural event to mark the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relations.

The deals are: Memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the renewal of the MoU in the field of Fisheries and Livestock between Bangladesh and Vietnam signed on November 02, 2012, MoU on machinery manufacturing cooperation between the Ministry of Industries of Bangladesh and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam and MoU on Cultural Exchange Programme between the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh and the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Tourism of Vietnam. The Vietnamese president is due to leave Dhaka today.

 

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