President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday expressed the hope that Nepal will support Bangladesh in multilateral fora over the repatriation of Rohingyas to their homeland in Rakhine state of Myanmar.
He came up with the hope when Foreign Minister of Nepal Pradeep Kumar Gyawali met him at Bangabhaban in the afternoon.
Mentioning that Bangladesh is giving shelter to 1.1 million Rohingyas who were forcibly displaced from Rakhine state, the President called upon all friendly countries and different international agencies, including Nepal, to play a positive role in accelerating their repatriation.
Welcoming the Nepalese minister, he described the relations between Bangladesh and Nepal as very excellent and historical, said President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin while briefing reporters after the meeting.
Recalling the support of the government and people of Nepal during the Liberation War in 1971, Hamid said the diplomatic relations that started since then have reached a new height.
He said there are potential sectors like trade and investment between the two countries and both will be benefitted if those can be utilised.
The President also emphasised exchange of visits at government and private levels to utilise the potential.
He said many Nepali students are pursuing education in Bangladesh and they are doing better results.
Abdul Hamid put importance to strengthening the ties in education and culture between Nepal and Bangladesh and taking coordinated efforts to enhance the regional connectivity.
Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar said the relations between the two countries will be strengthened day by day.
About the meeting with Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Pradeep said they discussed various bilateral issues, including trade, investment and tourism.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Dr Momen had a bilateral meeting with his Nepalese counterpart at state guesthouse Meghna and discussed how the two countries can enhance trade, investment and connectivity, including use of seaports.
Referring to the President’s recent visit to Nepal on November 12-15 last, Pradeep Kumar said the visit opened the new horizon of the relationship between the two countries.
He also informed that some high-level bilateral meetings have already been held which are accelerating the implementation of different decisions.
Resident Ambassador of Nepal Dr Banshidhar Mishra and secretaries concerned to the President were also present at the meeting.