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Bangladesh briefs Lithuania over Rohingya situation, seeks support

  • Published at 03:44 pm September 4th, 2018
Rohingya refugees arrive in Bangladesh, September 2017Syed Zakir Hossain
File photo: More than 700,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Rakhine State since late August of 2017 after the security forces launched a brutal crackdown on the ethnic minority Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Both countries to sign documents to strengthen cooperation an all fronts

Bangladesh has informed Lithuania of how Bangladesh  is managing the presence of Myanmar’s forcibly-displaced Rohingya population.

The country appealed to the Lithuania to extend the support necessary  to resolve the crisis.

UNB reports that the discussion regarding this matter came up at the Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) held recently between Bangladesh and Lithuania, in Vilnius, on Tuesday.

Ambassador and Secretary (Bilateral and Consular Affairs) at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kamrul Ahsan directed Bangladesh’s delegation—while the Vice-Minister of Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry Albinas Zananavičius led the Lithuanian side. 

Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Moscow, also accredited to Lithuania, Dr SM Saiful Hoque, and other officials of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry were also present at the meeting.

Both delegations agreed that the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and her Lithuanian counterpart should visit each other soon.

Both the countries will sign several documents to fortify bilateral cooperation between each other on all fronts.

They concurred that the agricultural accord and memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) of Bangladesh and Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (LPK) will soon be signed, said the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.

The MoU on Foreign Office Consultations, as agreed, will also be signed.

Ambassador Ahsan expressed his appreciation to Lithuania for hosting the FOC and requested more engagements and investment by the Lithuanian government in Bangladesh. 

He encouraged Lithuanian businessmen to launch joint ventures, especially in the garments sector, in Bangladesh.

The Lithuanian vice-minister assured the Bangladeshi side that they would consider it when they asked the Lithuanian side to ease procedures to obtain business visas.

They talked about the importance of government connections and institutional support to promote economic cooperation.

The Lithuanian side said that they have expertise in the: ICT, e-commerce, e-governance, and aviation maintenance sectors—and two Lithuanian companies are working in the IT sector in Bangladesh at present.

The Bangladeshi side encouraged the Lithuanian side to be involved in those sectors in Bangladesh—as well as to obtain land at high-tech parks.