Baku (Azerbaijan), Oct 25 (UNB) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday said his country will work to mount pressure on Myanmar from international side to resolve the Rohingya crisis.
“We’ll work to create international pressure on Myanmar (to resolve the Rohingya crisis),” he said during a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the bilateral booth of Baku Congress Center where the NAM Summit is taking place.
Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque later told reporters that the Iranian leader said they would continue their support to Bangladesh on Rohingya issue.
He also thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for sheltering Rohingyas.
He said Bangladesh and Iran have a cordial, cultural and historical relation.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina thanked the Iranian President for his country's support to Bangladesh on Rohingya issue.
She emphasised united efforts of Islamic Ummah.
“The Islamic Ummah should resolve their internal conflicts internally. If they can do this, then the Islamic Ummah can emerge as a big power in the world,” she said.
Both the leaders vowed to work unitedly against terrorism.
Baku (Azerbaijan), Oct 25 (UNB)- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday assured Dhaka that Kuala Lumpur and other Asean member states will do whatever necessary for resolving the Rohingya crisis which is hurting Bangladesh a lot.
“Malaysia and Asean counties will do whatever necessary (to solve Rohingya crisis),” he said.
Mahathir said this during a meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina at the bilateral booth of Baku Congress Center where the NAM Summit is taking place.
Briefing reporters, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said Mahathir strongly feels that there was a genocide committed on Rohingyas and this should be brought to book.
He strongly condemned the oppression on the Rohingyas in Myanmar and said that Malaysian field hospital in Cox's Bazar will be continued.
He requested Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to inform him about Bhashanchar where Bangladesh has prepared shelter for the Rohibgyas temporarily.
Sheikh Hasina told him about the security and other related issues for the Rohingyas in Bashanchar as well as the present condition of Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar.
Mahathir also talked about the safety and security of the Bangladeshi expatriates living in Malaysia and said that his government would try to take more manpower from Bangladesh.
He also mentioned that Malaysian investment in Bangladesh will be increased as the relations between the two countries are deeply rooted.
Dhaka, Oct 25 (UNB) - US Assistant Secretary David R Stilwell will visit Myanmar from October 27-30, apparently to see the situation on the ground in Rakhine State and hold meetings with the representatives of the Myanmar government.
The US says Myanmar must create the conditions for the Rohingya’s “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable” repatriation and guarantee their rights as recommended by the Annan Commission.
Stilwell will travel to Rakhine State to meet government and community leaders, victims of violence, and humanitarian partners, according the US Department of State.
This visit is his first to Myanmar in his capacity as Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in camps in Cox's Bazar.
The hosting of Rohingyas has come with genuine consequences for Bangladesh, which was already one of the most densely populated countries in the world, said Alice G Wells, US acting assistant secretary at the Bureau of South and Central Asia, recently.
Stilwell will meet representatives from the civilian government in Nay Pyi Taw, as well as individuals representing civil society organisations and ethnic communities during events in Yangon.
From Myanmar, he will also make his first visit to Malaysia in his current capacity, from October 30 to November 1.
While in Kuala Lumpur, he will meet government officials, business representatives, and civil society members to expand diverse partnership in security, trade, investment, and educational and cultural relations.
Assistant Secretary Stilwell will continue to Bangkok on November 1 to begin a four-day visit to participate in the 35th US-ASEAN Summit, the East Asia Summit, and the Indo-Pacific Business Forum.
He will hold bilateral meetings with Thai government officials and civil society organisations, as well as bilateral and multilateral meetings with regional partners on the margins of the East Asia Summit.
Assistant Secretary Stilwell will stop in Beijing on November 7, where he will meet US Embassy staff and Chinese government officials.
Dhaka, Oct 25 (UNB) – The visiting senators of the New York State Senate on Friday expressed deep interest for enhancing socio-economic cooperation, trade and investment in Bangladesh.
The delegation, led by Senator Luis Sepulveda, had a meeting with the leaders of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) at the FBCCI Bhaban where they discussed ways to cooperate in potential areas.
FBCCI President Sheikh F Fahim chaired the meeting and sought nanotechnology supports from New York.
The five state senators from New York City began their weeklong “familiarisation tour” in Bangladesh on October 20.
They are not part of the state senators’ delegations or the arrangements made by the Bangladesh government, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The senators expressed their keen interest in strengthening the state-level partnership with Bangladesh, particularly between chamber of commerce and business council highlighting New York’s role in the USA economy as the financial epicenter and agriculture producing state in addition to being home to a sizeable diaspora of Bangladeshi-Americans and NRBs making important economic contributions.
They also remarked on Bangladesh’s “impressive growth” and development sighting numerous opportunities to cooperate in multiple sectors including education, ICT, tourism, industry and infrastructure among others.
FBCCI President Fahim highlighted FBCCI’s role as the umbrella trade organisation of Bangladesh working closely with policymakers, stakeholders at national and international platforms including enhanced engagements with global partners.
The apex trade body chief emphasised Bangladesh’s stable macro-economic growth trajectory and its development in the past decade.
He also raised the opportunity for re-skilling of the young demographic dividend towards creating an ecosystem to get on the bandwidth of 4th IR and investment in the 100 Economic Zones.
Other issues discussed included knowledge transfer, industry-academia exchange and strengthening trade relations between the two friendly countries that at present stands at $8.65bn with exports $6.87bn and imports of $1.77bn in FY 2019.
An audio-visual showcased Bangladesh’s track record in sustainable inclusive growth trajectory and upcoming investment opportunity.
FBCCI Senior Vice-President Md Muntakim Ashraf, vice-presidents Md Siddiqur Rahman, Md Rejaul Kariem, Hasina Newaaz, Mir Nizam Uddin Ahmed and Nizam Rajesh and directors Md Munir Hossain, Sujib Ranjan Dash and Amzad Hossain also joined the meeting.
These senators provide “big support and cooperation” to the Bangladeshi diasporas in New York in various matters and various ways, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dhaka, Oct 25 (UNB) - Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have been enjoying the best of relations for decades, which has reached a new height in recent years.
Congratulating Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, the newly-appointed Foreign Minister of the Kingdom, Dr Momen said Bangladesh values its traditional fraternal relations with Saudi Arabia.
In a message extended to him, Bangladesh Foreign Minister warmly felicitated Prince Faisal on behalf of the people and the government of Bangladesh as well as on his own behalf, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.
He also hoped that the existing excellent relations would be further expanded in depth and dimension in coming days.
Dr Momen said the appointment of Prince Faisal is a clear testimony to the trust and confidence that the people and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the King of Saudi Arabia repose in his ability.
Dr Momen also prayed for the good health, happiness and long life of the Saudi Foreign Minister and also for the continued peace and prosperity for the brotherly people of Saudi Arabia.