Dhaka wants ASEAN team to visit Rakhine State to oversee Rohingya repatriation process

Diplomatic Correspondent

16th February, 2020 09:03:38 printer

Dhaka wants ASEAN team to visit Rakhine State to oversee Rohingya repatriation process

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has urged Indonesia to remain pro-active in the ASEAN platform to convince Myanmar for creating a conducive environment for a safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas.

He told this when the Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh Ms.  Rina Prihtyasmiarsi Soemarno called on the Foreign Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday (on Sunday).

Foreign Minister Momen also suggested that an ASEAN led observer team may be deployed in the Rakhine State to oversee the repatriation process. 

In response, the Ambassador assured to remain engaged on the issue and continue Indonesia’s support for a durable solution to the crisis.

The Foreign Minister thanked Indonesia for the humanitarian support extended to the Rohingyas and sought political support from Indonesia on the repatriation issue. Welcoming the Indonesian envoy, Momen said the warm and friendly bilateral relations between the two countries who are bound by common religious, cultural and historical traits.

 Terming Indonesia as Bangladesh’s important bilateral trading partner, he suggested that the imbalance in trade could be reduced if Indonesia invests in Bangladesh where a business friendly environment is prevailing.

The Foreign Minister He mentioned that the purchasing power of Bangladesh’s growing middle class has enhanced significantly in recent decades and also Bangladesh is surrounded by two giant economies of India and China.

The Indonesian Ambassador agreed that Bangladesh has attained miraculous economic progress. She appreciated the Bangladeshi technicians and professionals who work in the IT sector in Indonesia and hoped that Bangladesh would invest more in garments and processed food sector in Indonesia.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister noted that Bangladesh’s pharmaceutical products meet 97 percent of local demands and are exported to 144 countries. He requested Indonesia to ease the registration process for Bangladeshi pharmaceutical products in Indonesia. He noted that world class life saving drugs are available in Bangladesh at a much cheaper price than in the advanced countries. 

Foreign Minister Momen invited Indonesia’s Prime Minister and President to visit Bangladesh this year to celebrate the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The Ambassador also invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to visit Indonesia.