Myanmar National Security Adviser U Thaung Tun has agreed on the importance of commencing bilateral discussion on repatriation of Myanmar residents from Bangladesh.
U Thaung Tun came with the view during his meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali Sunday evening at the State Guest House Padma. Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and Bangladesh Ambassador to Myanmar Sufiur Rahman were present at the meeting.
The Myanmar national security adviser is visiting Bangladesh on the invitation of Bangladesh Foreign Minister on July 2-4, according to a Foreign Ministry press release.
During the meeting, the security adviser expressed the Myanmar government’s desire to further develop bilateral relations with Bangladesh and address the differences between the two neighbours through discussion.
He also put emphasis on enhancing cooperation between the countries in the security sector and expressed happiness on recently held meetings among defence and border forces.
He opined that economic development could help reduce tension among the two communities in Rakhine and contribute in resolving the problems.
Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali reiterated Bangladesh’s desire for developing a relationship of trust and mutual benefit with the neighbour and stressed on the need for engaging in frank discussion to build convergence where there are differences of opinion.
He asserted that Bangladesh maintains zero tolerance to any activity targeted against neighbours by non-state actors and never allows her territory to be used for any activity inimical to the interest of Myanmar.
The foreign minister assured continuation of assistance in security stabilisation in bordering areas.
Mahmood highlighted some aspects of sub-regional cooperation in South Asia and viewed that Bangladesh and Myanmar could derive immense benefit from such cooperation regionally and under Bimstec.
He reiterated Bangladesh’s willingness to deepen cooperation in sectoral areas and expected positive response from Myanmar to Bangladesh’s proposals on energy and transport connectivity.
The two dignitaries appreciated provision of humanitarian support like cyclone shelters and ambulances that Bangladesh has offered for the people of Rakhine state out of pledged assistance by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
They found merit in Solar-Home System for households in remote or off-grid areas. Bangladesh offered to install some SHSs in Rakhine.
The two dignitaries agreed on the importance of overcoming engagement deficit and of higher-level visits to strengthen trust and to seek convergence on issues of mutual importance.
Myanmar’s security adviser also met Home Minister Md Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday afternoon. He is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.