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Bangladesh, Japan share proposals to resolve Rohingya crisis

  • Published at 10:37 pm August 7th, 2018
Japanese Foreign Minister Tara Kono, left, and his Bangladeshi counterpart AH Mahmood Ali address a joint press briefing at state guest house Meghna in Dhaka on Tuesday; August 7, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Japan seeks congenial environment for Japanese investors

Bangladesh and Japan on Tuesday shared five specific proposals to find an early solution to the Rohingya crisis and ensuring the safe, voluntary, and sustainable return of Rohingyas to Myanmar.

The Japanese side also sought the safety of its nationals working in Bangladesh and a congenial environment for Japanese investors in Bangladesh, as Japan wishes to deepen its ties with Bangladesh and help the latter achieve its long term development goals.

The issues came up for discussion at a bilateral meeting of Bangladesh and Japan at state guesthouse Meghna in Dhaka, reports UNB.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, led their respective sides at the meeting.

Addressing a joint press briefing after the meeting, Mahmood Ali said Japan has agreed to provide necessary support for the repatriation and resettlement of the Rohingyas. 

Bangladesh and Japan agree on the importance of stability in the region for building a stronger economic partnership between the two countries and the early realization of a safe and secure return of the Rohingyas is the key, he said.

In a separate press briefing, Japanese Press Secretary Takeshi Osuga said Minister Kono had also shared the five proposals regarding the Rohingya crisis with Myanmar, who had accepted the proposals.

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The proposals are: Myanmar cooperate fully with the independent inquiry committee, as well as with UN agencies based on the recently signed MoU, close camps for internally displaced people in Myanmar, expedite the process of building modern villages for the Rohingya, and conduct regular briefings on the repatriation process in Rohingya camps in Myanmar.

The Bangladesh foreign minister thanked Japan for its firm resolve to continue development of cooperation and for signing the 39th Official Development Assistance (ODA) package of about $2 billion. 

Mentioning the charge-sheet in the Holey Artisan café which was submitted to court on July 23 this year, Mahmood Ali said the two countries agreed to work together to promote and maintain regional and international peace and security, as well as addressing terrorism. 

He hoped that Japan will stand in solidarity with Bangladesh in its fight against terrorism and review its travel alert. 

Kono said the two countries at the meeting also confirmed further deepening of their bilateral relationship under the comprehensive partnership and the strengthening of efforts to develop a conclusive investment climate, including ensuring the safety of Japanese nationals in Bangladesh. 

He said Japan highly values the Bangladesh government's generous acceptance of the displaced people from Myanmar and the continuation of dialogue with the Myanmar government towards a solution to the matter.

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