Bangladesh and Japan agreed to further consolidate bilateral relations next year, centering on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The matter was discussed while Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka ITO Naoki called on State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam at the latter’s office on Thursday, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.
The 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and Japan will fall on February 10 next year. The two countries have been maintaining friendly relations since February 10 in 1972 through economic and technical cooperation, cultural exchanges and mutual visits.
The Japanese envoy expected Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay an official visit to Japan in 2022, the year of the 50th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations.
ITO Naoki highly appreciated the socio-economic development of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and assured the state minister of continuing its support to Bangladesh.
The inauguration of Metro Rail Line 6 in 2022 would be a befitting event on the 50th anniversary, he said.
Araihazar Special Economic Zone would see Japanese and international investment worth US$ 1 billion at the beginning of the next year, observed the ambassador.
Appreciating Japanese government for their continued support to the Rohingyas temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh, he said their early repatriation is a must for the sake of stability and security in the region.
The state minister also urged Japan to use its influence to persuade Myanmar and the international community to create a pleasant environment in Myanmar for the safe and sustainable return of the Rohingyas.
The Japanese envoy reiterated the commitment of the Government of Japan for continued support for the safe and voluntary repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar.