The premier said her government has been preparing an area for temporary relocation of 1, 00,000 or so of the displaced Rohingya population to ease their life and provide a better environment
Bangladesh has offered temporary refuge to Myanmar’s Rohingya community on humanitarian grounds, but wants them to return home, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Thursday.
She said this during a meeting in her office with newly appointed Egyptian Ambassador to Bangladesh Walid Ahmed Shamseldin.
“We have given them shelter on humanitarian grounds . . . now we want them to go back,” the premier’s Press Secretary, Ihsanul Karim, quoted her as saying during the meeting.
Sheikh Hasina, Ihsanul said, told the envoy that Bangladesh is in dialogue with Myanmar and other stakeholders to resolve the crisis, “but Myanmar is not working according to the agreement.”
The premier said her government has been preparing an area for temporary relocation of 1, 00,000 or so of the displaced Rohingya population. now crammed in Cox’s Bazar camps, the move aims to ease their life and provide a better environment.
The press secretary said the prime minister and the envoy also discussed issues of mutual interest. The prime minister said “we attach great importance to our relationship with Egypt as it was one of the first Arab countries to recognize Bangladesh after our Independence in 1971”.
Sheikh Hasina also recalled her visit to Egypt in 2009 to attend the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit.
“The envoy said he would work to further strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries,” according to Karim. The envoy particularly stressed cultural ties between the two countries.
Shamseldin informed the premier that he had already met Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor and discussed ways to strengthen cultural bonds.
With regard to business, the ambassador said Egypt was keen to invest in the power sector and ready to establish a cable factory in Bangladesh, Karim noted, adding that the prime minister welcomed Egypt’s interest to invest in Bangladesh.
“The (Bangladesh) government is ready to allocate land in the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to set up their industries,” she said.
The PM’s Principal Secretary, Md Nozibur Rahman, was also present at the meeting.