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Japanese foreign minister in city to discuss bilateral, Rohingya issues

  • Published at 01:52 pm August 7th, 2018
Rohingya refugees, who crossed the border from Myanmar, walk after they received permission from the Bangladeshi army to continue on to the refugee camps, in Palang Khali, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh October 19, 2017 Reuters

The Japanese foreign minister will also meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on Tuesday

Taro Kono, the Japanese foreign minister, has arrived in Dhaka on a brief visit to promote bilateral relationship between Bangladesh and Japan. 

He will also discuss other issues of mutual interest, including the Rohingya crisis.

Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque received Kono at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, reports UNB. 

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Kono will hold a bilateral meeting at the state guesthouse Meghna on Tuesday evening, according to a senior official at the foreign ministry. 

A joint briefing will take place after the meeting, said the official. 

The Japanese foreign minister will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office at 5:30pm on Tuesday.

Kono visited Myanmar on Monday, before arriving in Bangladesh. 

Kono was scheduled to visit Russia, Myanmar, and Bangladesh from July 30-August 8, as per a message from the Japanese Foreign Ministry about the foreign minister's attendance at Asean related Foreign Ministers' visits to these countries.

International media reported of the Japanese foreign minister and the State Counsellor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, holding discussions on Monday about resolving the ongoing Rohingya crisis. 

According to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Japan will continue to provide full support to Bangladesh's development on all fronts, so the country can attain "newly industrialized economy" status by 2021, through the 39th Yen Loan Package- a total of 200.4 billion yen.

Earlier on May 14, Minister Kono held a bilateral meeting and had dinner at the Iikura Guest House with Foreign Minister Ali.

During the meeting, the Japanese minister stated Japan's desire to further promote Japan-Bangladesh comprehensive partnership, and assured Japan's support in ensuring Bangladesh's development on all fronts.

Japan will further strengthen bilateral relations ahead of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2022, said Kono in the meeting. He requested the government of Bangladesh to continue ensuring the safety of Japanese people residing inside the country.  

According to diplomatic sources, Japan lauded the efforts made by the Bangladeshi government in accepting Rohingyas from the Rakhine State of Myanmar, and the country's efforts at the ongoing dialogue with Myanmar government.