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Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali to visit Japan

  • Published at 12:40 am May 12th, 2018
Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali to visit Japan
File photo of Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali

He will discuss Rohingya crisis and other bilateral issues with his Japanese counterpart

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will leave for Japan on Sunday to discuss the Rohingya crisis and other bilateral issues.

He will visit the country at the invitation of Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

The minister is expected to hold a bilateral meeting on Monday. He will also meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other top level officials.

“This is going to be the third meeting between the two foreign ministers in the last eight months. So it is clear the relation between the two countries is quite significant,” said an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The two foreign ministers held a meeting on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly in September last year. They also met in November that year when the Japanese foreign minister visited Bangladesh to discuss the Rohingya crisis.

The official said the foreign minister will discuss bilateral issues during his visit.

Japan is going to contest a number of elections at the international level in which Tokyo is expecting support from Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has given shelter to more than 10 lakh Rohingyas, who fled Rakhine state in Myanmar since August last year, on humanitarian ground and now it wants a political solution to the crisis.

“Japan is a friend of Myanmar. Bangladesh wants Japan makes Myanmar agree to reach a political solution to the Rohingya crisis,” said another official at the foreign ministry.

The prime minister made a five-point proposal at the UN General Assembly session.

Earlier Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali said Japan agreed to construct pre-fabricated houses for Rohingyas in Rakhine.

Sources said Japan has sought Bangladesh’s endorsement to organize World Expo 2025. It also sought Bangladesh’s support as the country expressed interest in contesting the election for non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council for 2023-24 term.

Japan was a member of UN Security Council for 2016-17. Bangladesh withdrew its candidacy from the Security Council election and backed Tokyo when Japan’s Prime Minister visited Dhaka in 2014.

Japan has also expressed eagerness to build a 1,320MW power plant and a deep sea port in Matarbari, Cox’s Bazar and the discussion is underway between the countries.

This article was first published on banglatribune.com