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Bangladesh seeks Japanese support for Rohingya repatriation

  • Published at 09:46 pm September 4th, 2019
M Shahriar Alam
File photo of State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar AlamCourtesy

Japan happy over decision to name metro rail stations after Holy Artisan victims

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has sought Japanese support for repatriating Rohingyas to Myanmar with safety and dignity.

He made the request during a meeting with the Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshiko Abe on the sidelines of the 4th Indian Ocean Conference, according to a message received here on Wednesday.

During the meeting, Alam updated his Japanese counterpart on the latest status of the 1.1 million Rohingyas being sheltered by Bangladesh and expressed Dhaka’s concern over their security.

The state minister thanked Japan for facilitating the fruitful visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina earlier in May this year.

Referring to the MoU signed last month in Tokyo, Shahriar Alam expressed his gratitude to the Japanese government for listing Bangladesh as a source for skilled migration.

It was highlighted that both the governments will work closely to deliver on the MoU.

Toshiko Abe expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for meeting all the family members of the Japanese victims of the Holy Artisan attack during her visit to Japan.

She said Japan is very happy over the Bangladesh's decision to name the metro rail stations after the names of the Holy Artisan victims.

Both sides agreed on timely implementation of ODA.

Shahriar requested Japan to support building a new railway bridge over the river Jamuna. The Japanese side reassured their support and cooperation over the issue.

The state minister is leading the Bangladesh delegation to the 4th Indian Ocean Conference (IOC), organized by India Foundation in association with the Government of Maldives and S Rajaratnam School of International
 Studies, Singapore under the theme of “Securing the Indian Ocean Region: Traditional and Non-Traditional Challenges”.

Alam is also a member of the IOC Organizing Committee.