2021-11-17 19:16:56 BdST
Indonesia pledges to send strong message to Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation
Indonesia vowed to offer strong message to Myanmar to repatriate its Rohingya nationals.
"We are going to send a strong message to Myanmar for resolving the Rohingya crisis," visiting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said while paying a call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
Sheikh Hasina said more than three years have elapsed, Bangladesh is looking after the forcibly displaced Rohingyas, saying, "It is a huge burden on Bangladesh."
PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the newsmen after the meeting.
The Indonesian foreign minister conveyed Indonesian president’s greetings to the Prime Minister.
Referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, he lauded Bangladesh for its success in tackling the pandemic successfully under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Indonesian minister, who has come to Dhaka to attend the 21th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers’ Meeting, said that they have also put the situation under control and they are strict to maintain health protocol.
Later, South African Minister for International Relation and Cooperation Dr Pandor also called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The premier, during the meeting, said that the struggles of Nelson Mandela and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were the same.
She mentioned that both the leaders had made tremendous sacrifice and both of them were jailed for a long time.
“Our aim should be keeping the Indian Ocean peaceful for developing Blue Economy,” PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted the Prime Minister as saying.
The South African Minister for International Relation and Cooperation said that South Africa is producing COVID-19 vaccines of Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson.
Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris, in another call on, highly appreciated the economic progress of Bangladesh, especially the online connectivity and business and bank operation, and social safety network.
Sheikh Hasina mentioned about the micro-savings programmes of the government.
The Prime Minister also mentioned about the government’s steps to avoid any food scarcity in the country during the post pandemic situation.
“We have given special emphasis on food safety,” she said.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus were present during those occasions.
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