Assist in Rohingya repatriation

Dhaka urges Tokyo

Diplomatic Correspondent

26 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Assist in Rohingya repatriation

Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Naoki Ito calls on Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at the Foreign Ministry on Sunday. —SUN PHOTO

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has sought Japan’s strong support for resolving the Rohingya crisis and expeditious repatriation of the forcibly-displaced people of Myanmar.

Stressing the need for ensuring peace, stability and prosperity of the region, he requested the government of Japan to leverage Japan’s relations with Myanmar to create a conducive environment for an early, safe, sustainable and dignified repatriation of 1.1 million Rohingyas, temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh amid ethnic cleansing in Rakhine State, to their ancestral homes.

The Foreign Minister made the call while Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Naoki Ito called on him at the Foreign Ministry on Sunday.

In response, the Ambassador referred to Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi’s recent visit to Myanmar where he called upon the Myanmar authorities for an early repatriation of the Rohingyas and assured that his government would continue to pursue the matter.

He added that Japan reiterated their position regarding repatriation at the Conference on Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response held on October 22.

Foreign Minister Momen appreciated Japan’s continued support for strengthening infrastructural and socio-economic development of Bangladesh.

In this context, he urged the Japanese entrepreneurs to invest in two special economic zones in Araihazar of Narayanganj and Gazipur.

Momen called upon Japanese businesses to take advantage of Bangladesh’s high corporate profitability, business-friendly policies, massive domestic market and strategic access to key markets across the world. He termed Bangladesh as a good destination for investment and hoped to elevate further the level of cooperation between the two friendly countries.

The Ambassador referred to newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and expressed Japan’s keenness to further strengthen the bilateral relations.

Both the Foreign Minister and the Ambassador expressed satisfaction with the existing excellent bilateral relations and agreed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2022 by organising special events.

Momen thanked the government of Japan for their assistance in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.