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Bangladesh asks China for proactive roles to persuade Myanmar to begin Rohingya repatriation

  • Published at 07:42 pm October 4th, 2020
File photo: Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas attend a massive rally organized at a field in Camp No 4 (Extension) at Kutupalong's Modhurchhara in Ukhiya on Sunday, August 25, 2019, to observe two years of their latest exodus from Myanmar's Rakhine state Tanjir Rahman/Dhaka Tribune

PM Hasina hopes to take forward Dhaka-Beijing strategic partnership, as both countries celebrate the 45th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations

Bangladesh has asked China to take proactive roles so Myanmar starts the process of repatriation of nearly 1.1 million forcibly-displaced Rohingyas now temporarily sheltered in Cox’s Bazar.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen made the call in a message to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between Bangladesh and China, according to the Foreign Ministry on Sunday.

President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also exchanged messages of felicitation with their Chinese counterparts – President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

President Hamid wished the friendly people of China peace, progress and continued prosperity and expressed confidence that the existing cordial ties between the two countries would be further strengthened in the days to come.

President Xi reciprocated the sentiments and said that China and Bangladesh had always been respecting each other on an equal footing, strengthening mutual trust and deepening mutually beneficial cooperation.

He expressed his willingness to elevate China-Bangladesh strategic partnership to new heights.

Referring to the excellent bilateral relations and noting China as one of the most valued partners for Bangladesh’s socio-economic development, Prime Minister Hasina hoped to explore more avenues for furthering cooperation to take Bangladesh-China strategic partnership to a higher level and also work together to address the regional and global issues for peace, security, stability and development.

She also appreciated the cooperation and assistance by China during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.