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JWG meeting in Myanmar May 3 over Rohingyas

Seven MoUs likely to be signed during PM’s Brunei visit: Foreign minister
DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen yesterday said a high-powered delegation from Bangladesh is going to hold meetings with the Myanmar government next month to find a solution to the Rohingya crisis. "The Rohingya problem is the creation of the Myanmar government. Hence, they have to solve it. Without their assistance this crisis cannot be resolved. We are going to hold a joint working group meeting with Myanmar at its capital Naypyidaw on May 3 in this regard," he said.

While briefing the media on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's three-day visit to Brunei, foreign minister said this in reply to a journalist’s question at the foreign ministry. Momen also said they were maintaining pressure on Myanmar from different world forums, including the ASEAN.

"It is not being possible to solve the Rohingya

crisis with the assistance of Myanmar. Myanmar is not addressing it despite giving assurances. We will request the ASEAN countries to take initiatives here to create a safe environment in Myanmar for the safe return of Rohingyas,” he added. About the PM’s visit from April 21-23, the foreign minister said, “The entourage led by Prime Minister will include myself, agricultural minister, state ministers of the ministry of youth and sports, ministry of electricity, energy and mineral resources, fisheries and livestock ministry, and cultural affairs ministry as well as high officials. Besides, a business delegation consisting of top businessmen will accompany the prime minister.”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold bilateral talks with the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah and attend a state banquet held in her honour.

Hasina will also address, as the chief guest, a seminar on business and investment, to be organised by the Brunei government and the country’s business community. She will also attend an inter-active meet with expatriate Bangladeshis. She will also lay the foundation stone for a new chancery building of the Bangladesh High Commission.

The foreign minister said seven instruments might be signed during the visit. Six of them are ready—MoU on scientific and technological assistance in the agricultural sector, MoU on cultural and industrial assistance, MoU on youth and sports assistance, MoU on assistance in the fisheries sector, MoU on assistance in the livestock sector and MoU on assistance in the energy sector. The visit will also discuss visa exemptions for diplomatic and government passport holders of Bangladesh.

The minister said the visit will play a significant role in expanding bilateral assistance in various areas including energy, commerce, investment, agriculture, food, air communication, human resource development, tourism and technical assistance.  He further said the visit would play a substantial role in realising effective supports from member countries of ASEAN and Brunei on various regional and international issues including the Rohingya crisis.

“I believe the visit will play a special role in enhancing Bangladesh relations with the Southeast Asian nations’ organisation ASEAN for developing relations and effective assistance. In reply to a query, the minister said Brunei was interested in setting up agro-based industries in Bangladesh.

Replying to another question, the foreign minister said, “We will visit the countries where we will get our investors. Brunei is a big investor. We hope we will get a good response there during the visit.”

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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