Visiting Foreign Minister of Singapore Vivian Balakrishnan will visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday.
During the visit, he will talk to Rohingya refugees to hear for himself the pain and suffering of the displaced Rohingyas, said a foreign ministry official.At the invitation of his Bangladeshi counterpart AH Mahmood Ali, Vivian Balakrishnan arrived in Dhaka on Saturday afternoon on a three-day tour.
The foreign minister of Singapore landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the city at around 5.00pm by a flight of Emirates Airlines.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali welcomed his Singaporean counterpart at the airport. The visiting foreign minister joined a dinner hosted by AH Mahmood Ali counterpart Saturday night.
Vivian Balakrishnan is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Sunday morning.
He subsequently will go to Cox’s Bazar to visit Rohingya camps to witness the plight of the displaced Rohingyas.
He is scheduled to leave Dhaka on Monday wrapping up his three-day visit to Bangladesh.During the visit, different bilateral issues including trade and investment with a special focus on Rohingya crisis will be discussed.
Bangladesh and Singapore have been enjoying friendly bilateral relations for the last four decades since the establishment of diplomatic relations in February 1972.
Bangladesh’s diplomatic representation in Singapore was first made with the opening of a Trade Commission in 1973.
A full-fledged Diplomatic Mission, headed by a Resident High Commissioner, was established ten years later in 1983.
In April 1997, the Singapore High Commissioner to Bangladesh was appointed with Residence in Singapore.
However, Singapore is yet to open a full-fledged Resident Mission in Dhaka. In Bangladesh, Singapore is represented by a Consular Office opened in December 1997.
The relations between the two countries have further been strengthened in recent years with interactions and initiatives undertaken at various governmental and private levels.
Bangladesh and Singapore share a similar international outlook on many issues of mutual interest and enjoy excellent working relations in various international fora including the United Nations.
Bangladesh is also a member of the ReCAAP (Regional Cooperation for Anti-Piracy in the Asia Pacific and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) pioneered by Singapore.
For last few years, Bangladesh has been participating at the Ministerial level at the IISS Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue, which is hosted by International Institute of Strategic Studies in Singapore.