Five Bangladesh citizens, released after nine months in Yemen's custody, will be arriving home on Sunday.
They left Yemen on Saturday with the support of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait.
The five Bangladesh citizens, who were working in a ship with Omani ownership, were rescued by Yemen Coast Guard when they fell into an accident on February 13, 2020, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait.
They were taken to IOM custody after release from confinement with the joint efforts made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Bangladesh Missions in Oman, Kuwait and Jordan.
They are scheduled to arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 7:20am by a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight via Dubai.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller has thanked the Bangladeshis for their support, friendship and partnership during this difficult time and shared commitment to democracy.
"I thank the many citizens of Bangladesh who have sent messages of support during this difficult time," he said in a message on Saturday.
Miller said those who committed violent, criminal acts of terror against their democracy are being arrested and will be held accountable in accordance with the rule of law.
Despite the reprehensible events which unfolded in Washington, D.C. the United States Congress completed its constitutional duty and affirmed the lawful election of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as President-elect and Kamala D. Harris as Vice President-elect, he said adding that they will be sworn into office on January 20, 2021.
Ambassador Miller said the story of every democratic nation is the struggle, imperfect and ongoing, to live up to their founding ideals.
"Democracy is tested. Sometimes we stumble. But through the work of committed citizens, we get back up, always striving to live up to the principles we cherish," he said.
"In America, we do so again. And together we recommit to charting a path forward of justice, lawfulness and respect for each other and the nation we love," said the US Ambassador.
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Twitter banned President Donald Trump’s account Friday, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence” following the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, reports AP on Saturday.
Twitter has long given Trump and other world leaders broad exemptions from its rules against personal attacks, hate speech and other behaviors.
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But in a detailed explanation posted on its blog Friday, the company said recent Trump tweets amounted to glorification of violence when read in the context of the Capitol riot and plans circulating online for future armed protests around the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
The social platform has been under growing pressure to take further action against Trump following the Wednesday violence.
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On Thursday, Facebook suspended Trump’s account through Jan. 20 and possibly indefinitely, according to AP.
Dhaka has urged Kuala Lumpur to do the needful for bringing back the stranded Bangladeshi workers to their old and new places of work in Malaysia on humanitarian grounds.
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Bangladesh has also made a request to extend all kinds of cooperation to its Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment and bring a solution to the current migrant issue.
The issues were discussed when newly appointed Malaysian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Hazanah Md. Hasim met State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam at the latter’s office on Thursday.
The State Minister congratulated the High Commissioner on her appointment in Dhaka and assured her of all-out cooperation during her assignment in Dhaka.
Shahriar Alam said Malaysia is Bangladesh’s trusted friend and partner with which Bangladesh enjoys strong bilateral relations since independence.
A considerable number of Bangladeshi workers and professionals are living in Malaysia and contributing immensely to both the economies.
The State Minister noted that Malaysia is an advanced economy and a development hub in the Asia Pacific region and doing remarkably well amidst of Covid-19 pandemic.
He said Bangladesh and Malaysia have huge potentials to extend and diversify partnership in various sectors, including science-technology, healthcare, education, trade, tourism, energy etc.
Referring to the recent trend in bilateral trade between the two countries, the State Minister underscored the necessity of new initiatives.
He also suggested that Malaysia might consider widening its tariff concession for greater market access of Bangladeshi products.
Referring to the programme for regularisation and voluntary repatriation of migrant workers, the State Minister expressed gratitude for standing beside Bangladeshi expatriates during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
The High Commissioner assured the State Minister of taking the return of the workers and students issue with her capital and hoped that these issues would be dissolved soon.
The State Minister thanked Malaysia for the strong political support and also for humanitarian support in favour of Rohingyas and sought a proactive role from both Asean and Malaysia on the repatriation issue.
He appreciated the establishment and continuation of the Field Hospital at Cox’s Bazar to the service of the Rohingyas.
Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki has expressed his optimism to bring new opportunities for partnership in 2021 and beyond with significant progress in some quality infrastructure projects in Bangladesh including metro rail.
“Though the situation (Covid-19) is yet to be contained, I expect the year 2021 will bring us new opportunities for partnership beyond this difficulty,” he said, gladly sharing that Dhaka MRT Line 6 is expected to start its operation within this year.
In a video message, the Japanese Ambassador said quality infrastructure projects like Dhaka MRT, third terminal of Dhaka airport and Matarbari deep seaport are making significant progress without considerable delay.
“Japan is proud to make contributions to the future development of Bangladesh amid the difficult period caused by the pandemic,” he said.
Ambassador Naoki said they will resume and further promote people to people interactions and cultural exchanges.
From July this year, Tokyo will host the Olympics and Paralympic Games. The Ambassador said he sincerely hopes Bangladesh will uplift and show the best of their abilities and bring back first Olympic medal.
He mentioned that Bangladesh will celebrate 50 years of its Independence this year and the two countries will celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations in 2022. “I would like to take these milestones to further foster bilateral relationship and friendship.”
He wished everyone a very prosperous and healthy New Year and hoped to bring the two countries even closer to each other.
The Ambassador recalled that it was unusual year and it changed everyday life completely that no one had imagined a year ago. He, however, said the bilateral relations grew stronger.
Terming Bangladesh a new frontier of economy and investment, Japanese Ambassador Naoki recently said Bangladesh will keep growing strongly beyond Covid-19 pandemic with quality infrastructure projects in place giving Bangladesh a completely different look in next three-five years.
“Within next three to five years, things will be completely different, the face of the nation will look so different and the landscape of infrastructure will be so different with the implementation of quality projects,” he told diplomatic correspondents at Jatiya Press Club.
Bangladesh has reiterated the importance of resolving outstanding bilateral issues with Pakistan, including offering of an official apology from Pakistan for the genocide it committed during Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971.
Dhaka also sought completion of the repatriation of Pakistanis stranded in Bangladesh, and settling the issue of the division of assets.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam raised the issues when newly appointed High Commissioner of Pakistan to Bangladesh Imran Ahmed Siddiqui met him on Thursday.
The State Minister cordially welcomed the High Commissioner and highlighted that enhancing relations with all neighbouring countries was a foreign policy priority of the government.
“In line with that spirit, we look forward to engaging with Pakistan,” he said.
Shahriar also urged Pakistan to grant access to more Bangladeshi products by utilizing the existing SAFTA provisions, relaxing the negative list and removing trade barriers.
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The current trade balance tilts towards Pakistan.
High Commissioner Siddiqui conveyed the very best wishes of the people and the government of Pakistan to the State Minister and said he would give due diligence to advancing bilateral relations in every possible area of cooperation.
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Both sides agreed on the need to hold the long-pending Foreign Office Consultations, which was last held in 2010.
The State Minister assured the High Commissioner of all cooperation and assistance during his tenure in Dhaka.