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Indonesia pledges to send strong message to Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation

  • Published at 03:11 pm November 17th, 2021
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi meets Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi meets Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 PID

Several foreign ministers of different countries, who are in Dhaka to attend the 21st IORA Council of Ministers’ Meeting, call on the premier

Indonesia is going to send a strong message to Myanmar seeking steps to resolve the prolonged Rohingya crisis.

“We’re going to send a strong message to Myanmar for resolving the Rohingya crisis,” visiting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said when she met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in Dhaka yesterday.

Hasina said another three years have elapsed since the crisis has broken out and Bangladesh’s wait for the reparation of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals.

“…it’s a huge burden for Bangladesh,” the prime minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted her as saying while briefing reporters after the meeting.

The Indonesian foreign minister conveyed her country’s president’s greetings to the prime minister during the meeting.

Talking about the Covid-19 pandemic, Marsudi lauded Bangladesh for its success in tackling the pandemic under Hasina’s leadership. “Indonesia has also been able to bring the situation under control and we’re strict in maintaining health protocols,” she said.

The Indonesian foreign minister arrived in Dhaka to attend the 21st Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers’ Meeting.

Later, South Africa’s Minister for International Relation and Cooperation Dr Naledi Pandor, who is also in Dhaka to attend the 21st IORA Meeting, met the prime minister.

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The prime minister told Dr Pandor that the struggle of Nelson Mandela and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the same as both the leaders made tremendous sacrifices apart from languishing in jail for a long time.

“Our aim should be to keep the Indian Ocean peaceful for developing the Blue Economy,” Ihsanul Karim quoted the prime minister as saying.

The South African minister referred to the pandemic and said South Africa is producing Covid-19 vaccines of Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson.

Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister Prof GL Peirisin a separate meeting highly appreciated the economic progress of Bangladesh, especially the online connectivity and business and bank operation, and social safety network.

Prime Minister Hasina mentioned the micro-savings programs of the government.

Ihsanul Karim said she also mentioned the government’s steps to avoid food scarcity in the country during the post-pandemic situation. “We’ve given a special emphasis on food protection,” she was quoted as saying.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and PMO Principal Secretary Ahmad Kaikaus were present at all the meetings.

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