Japan will continue its support to Bangladesh in its bilateral efforts to repatriate Rohingyas to Myanmar, said visiting Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshiko Abe on Tuesday.
He made the assurance during official talks with Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam this afternoon.
Japanese state minister is paying a two-day visit to Bangladesh to reiterate Japan’s efforts in resolving Rohingya crisis.
During the meeting, Toshiko Abe reiterated commitment of Japanese humanitarian assistance for temporary sheltering of Rohingyas in Bangladesh and continued support for safe and voluntary repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar and their resettlement.
Shahriar Alam underscored the need for taking practical steps by Myanmar authorities so that Rohingyas feel safe to return to their homeland.
The state minister expressed hope that Bay of Bengal Industrial Growth Belt (Big-B) Initiative will accelerate cooperation for development of quality infrastructure and the investment environment in Bangladesh and will strengthen regional connectivity.
He requested to include Bangladesh as a source country for recruitment of workers under Japan’s New Immigration Law.
Toshiko sought a safe and conducive investment environment in Bangladesh and requested to continue to secure the safety of Japanese people in Bangladesh.
Shariar Alam narrated security measures undertaken by the Law Enforcement Agencies in Bangladesh to protect Japanese Project sites and personnel, report BSS.