BSS-45 Brunei wants peaceful, durable resolution of Rohingya crisis





Brunei wants peaceful, durable resolution of Rohingya crisis

DHAKA, Sept 9, 2018 (BSS) – Brunei today expressed concern on the plight of the Rohingya and stressed on a peaceful and durable resolution of the crisis.

Brunei appreciated Bangladesh’s humanitarian gesture, generous assistance, efforts towards safe, dignified, voluntary and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingya.

The concern came during the first ever foreign office consultations between the foreign ministries of Bangladesh and Brunei at the State Guest House Meghna in the capital today.

Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Hajah Siti Norishan Haji Abdul Ghafor led their respective sides.

During the meeting, both sides expressed satisfaction at the current state of bilateral relations and called for regular exchange of visits at the highest level as well as regular contacts and interaction between leaders and officials.

Besides, major areas of bilateral cooperation were discussed at length.

Both parties agreed to sign three finalized MoUs on Cultural and Arts Cooperation; Cooperation in the Field of Youth and Sports and Scientific and Technical Cooperation in Agriculture.

Brunei has also agreed for an “Exchange of Notes” for the exemption of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and official passports as well as expediting the proposed draft MoU on cooperation in the field of Fisheries and Air Services Agreement by Bangladesh.

Both sides expressed keen interest to work together to address expatriate workers’ related issues in an integrated manner to make labour migration ethical and sustainable.

Brunei has expressed keen interest to invest in BEZA for intermediary products which will be taken to Brunei for further value addition for exporting to ASEAN and other world markets.

The next foreign office consultations will be held within two years in Brunei.