Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has called upon Vietnam and ASEAN to play more proactive role in ensuring a speedy, safe and dignified repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas to their motherland Myanmar.
Their efforts would help bring about a sustainable solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis, he said.
Apprising his Vietnamese counterpart of the plights of the displaced Rohingya people and the severe strain the crisis has created on the socio-economic situation of Bangladesh, Momen voiced concerns at the growing susceptibility of the displaced Myanmar citizens in Bangladesh to radicalism, extremism, trans-border crimes, human trafficking, drug smuggling etc, which have serious security implications for the entire region.
He requested Vietnam to exert their friendly influence on Myanmar to take their citizens back on an expeditious basis.
Expressing his satisfaction at the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries, Momen hoped that the two countries will celebrate the 50th year of the establishment of diplomatic relations next year with fervour and in a befitting manner.
Lauding the growing trend of bilateral trade between Bangladesh and Vietnam, the foreign minister urged the country to further increase their imports from Bangladesh in order to reduce the trade gap.
Mentioning that there are 100 Economic Zones and the High-Tech Parks in Bangladesh, Momen encouraged the Vietnamese investors and business community to invest in Bangladesh by availing very attractive and liberal investment packages for the mutual benefit of the two friendly countries.
Foreign Minister Momen sought Vietnam’s support in favour of Bangladesh’s candidacy as a Sectoral Dialogue Partner of the ASEAN.
While appreciating the role of Bangladesh in sheltering the displaced Rohingya people, the Vietnamese foreign minister assured Momen of their sincere efforts within the ASEAN framework for an early solution to the crisis.
He also suggested actvating the Joint Trade Commission and other trade mechanisms for further enhancing the trade and commerce between the two countries.
Highlighting the growing people-to-people contacts, Momen noted with satisfaction that a large number of Bangladeshi tourists are now visiting Vietnam and encouraged more Vietnamese tourists to visit Bangladesh, which is endowed with excellent tourism attractions including important locations of ancient Buddhist heritage and civilisations.
Pointing to the many scopes for mutual cooperation and engagements, the two ministers vowed to work towards further cementing and strengthening the bilateral relations in the coming days.
Both of them agreed to work in close collaboration in the regional and multilateral forums by extending mutual support in various election processes.
They also exchanged greetings of the New Year and extended invitations to each other for visiting Dhaka and Hanoi. The discussion took place in a very cordial, free and frank atmosphere.