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Turkey to continue support to Rohingyas, improve economic ties with Bangladesh

Update : 19 Dec 2017, 10:57 PM
Bangladesh and Turkey agreed to deepen economic ties and to work together to help bring about a political solution to the Rohingya crisis. The visiting Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called on premier Sheikh Hasina and President M Abdul Hamid separately on Tuesday, and talks between them focused on key areas such as trade and investment, defence, education, tourism and connectivity. “Bangladesh is a dynamic nation with nearly 7% growth over the past few years,” Binali Yildirim said after meeting with Sheikh Hasina. “We have discussed what we can do to improve our economic and trade relations.” Prime Minister Hasina described the meeting with her Turkish counterpart at her office on Tuesday as “very fruitful.” “We’ve reiterated our commitment to work closely and support each other on bilateral and international issues of mutual concern, including the issue of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar,” she said. On Tuesday, the Turkish prime minister said he “highly appreciated” Hasina’s diplomacy over the Rohingya issue, and the support shown by Bangladesh to the displaced people. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, left on the back row, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, witness memorandum of understanding signing between both countries at the latter's office on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 PIDFollowing the top-level talks, Bangladesh and Turkey signed two bilateral documents aimed at enhancing cooperation among Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and maintaining the standards of products. The instruments cover areas such as industrial production, standardization, capacity building, knowledge sharing, and skills development. The two leaders also discussed how Turkey can help Bangladesh to meet its Vision 2021 target.  “We hope to have Turkey by our side in the course of our journey towards development,” Hasina said.During the meeting with President Hamid, Turkish PM Binali lauded the role of Bangladesh on Rohingya issue and said his government has already started working on the issue with a plan to end the crisis as early as possible. President Hamid expressed his gratitude to Turkey for providing heartfelt support to the issue of the ​Rohingyas who took shelter in Bangladesh territory in recent time​s​. Mentioning ​the​ existing excellent, friendly and bilateral relations between the two countries, he hoped the relation​s​ would continue in​to the​ future. During his 36-minute discussion, the Turkish premier said investors from his country are keen to invest in Bangladesh in different sectors,​ especially in readymade garments (RMG). Binali Yildirim is due to visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar Wednesday. He urged the international community on Tuesday to find a political solution to the Rohingya situation, which he said should be viewed as a humanitarian crisis.
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