BSS-43 President seeks China’s continued support for Rohingya repatriation





President seeks China’s continued support for Rohingya repatriation

DHAKA, Aug 28, 2019 (BSS) – President M Abdul Hamid today sought the Chinese government’s continuous support to ensure a safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingyas to their homeland in Myanmar as new Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Li Jiming presented his credential to the President at Bangabhaban here this afternoon.

“Bangladesh is currently hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas . . . I hope that China would continue to mount pressure on Myanmar to take back their citizens,” he said.

President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin briefed reporters after the meeting.

The head of the state said Bangladesh doesn’t believe in any confrontation and it wants to settle the issue in a peaceful manner.

Earlier, welcoming the Chinese envoy in Bangladesh, the President said the bilateral relation between Bangladesh and China is excellent and the ties have been expanding gradually.

Terming China as one of the important development partners of Bangladesh, President Abdul Hamid also recalled the Chinese government’s cooperation in socio-economic development in Bangladesh.

The President hoped that this trend of co-operation for Bangladesh would continue in days to come.

“Many mega projects are being implemented here with financial and technical support from China, which is contributing largely to Bangladesh’s national development,” he mentioned.

During the meeting, Abdul Hamid urged the Chinese government to do more investment in different potential sectors in Bangladesh.

Referring to one-China policy, the President said, “Bangladesh has been consistent in supporting ‘one-China policy’.”

The ambassador said the Chinese investors consider Bangladesh as a good destination for their investment and in the meantime many Chinese companies have already invested here.

Li Jiming said his country will continue its all-out cooperation for the socio-economic development of Bangladesh and sought cooperation of the President in discharging his duties here.

Later, the first resident ambassador of Kosovo to Bangladesh Gunear Ureya also presented his credential to President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban, the official residence of President here.

Welcoming the newly appointed ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo in Dhaka, the President thanked the Kosovo government as they decided to open their resident mission in Dhaka.

“Through this appointment, the existing bilateral relationship between the two countries would get a shape of multilateral relations in coming days,” the press secretary quoted the President as saying.

He suggested the envoy to be more active in exploring the trade and investment potentials between the two countries.

Bangladesh officially recognized the Kosovo as an independent state on February 27, 2017 as solemn expression of Bangladesh’s solidarity with the people of Kosovo.

Gunear Ureya expressed his gratitude to the Bangladesh government for recognizing Kosovo as an independent state.

Secretaries concerned to the President and high officials of the Foreign Ministry were present.

Earlier, on their arrival at Bangabhaban, a smartly turned-out contingent of the horse-mounted President Guard Regiment (PGR) gave the envoys the guard of honour as part of the ceremony.