BSS-47 Japan to communicate Myanmar for early Rohingya repatriation

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Japan to communicate Myanmar for early Rohingya repatriation

DHAKA, Nov 16, 2020 (BSS) – Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh ITO Naoki has said Tokyo will work towards early repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Bangladesh through communicating with Myanmar.

The envoy also laid emphasis on starting confidence-building process among the Rohingyas regarding their repatriation to Rakhine as the next step through cooperation with international community such as the US, European and ASEAN countries.

The Ambassador was delivering an online lecture titled “Japan and Banglaesh -50 Years of Friendship-” for the military officers studying at Defense Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) last week, a press release issued by Japanese Embassy said here.

During the lecture, ITO highlighted how committed Japan has been to realizing prosperity of Bangladesh and maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Ambassador emphasized on expanding economic ties between Bangladesh and Japan through quality infrastructure projects under BIG-B, and the common vision of Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP).

In 2014, Japan and Bangladesh agreed to launch the initiative of “the Bay of Bengal Industrial Growth Belt(BIG-B)” to develop infrastructure, improve investment environment and foster connectivity along the Dhaka-Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar belt area and beyond.

Besides, Moheshkhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development Initiative (MIDI), the largest Infrastructure project of Bangladesh, is an integral part of BIG-B.

The Envoy also mentioned ongoing cooperation between the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and the Bangladesh Navy.

He laid emphasis on increasing people to people contact by taking the opportunity of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations in 2022 between Bangladesh and Japan.

At the lecture, more than 200 students of the DSCSC Masters’ program interactively discussed the relationships between Japan and Bangladesh.

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