Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the Chinese government to pressure Myanmar into taking back its nationals
China on Thursday assured Bangladesh that it would play a “positive and constructive” role in solving the protracted Rohingya crisis.
Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi delivered the assurance when paying a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganbahaban on Thursday evening.
Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
He said the Chinese minister also assured Bangladesh that China would provide necessary support to combat cybercrime.
“We are ready to provide technical support to the Ministry of Home of Affairs of Bangladesh to help fight cyber crime,” the Chinese minister said as quoted by the press secretary.
Zhao Kezhi highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for giving shelter to over one million forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh on humanitarian grounds.
In reply, the prime minister urged the Chinese government to pressure Myanmar into taking back its nationals.
“Chinese initiative will help resolve the crisis,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina also informed the Chinese minister that Bangladesh had held discussions with Myanmar on the repatriation of the Rohingyas, and Myanmar had agreed to take back the refugees.
“However, Myanmar doesn’t act accordingly,” she added.
Reiterating her government’s zero tolerance policy for terrorism and militancy, the prime minister said the government has contained the menaces and enacted the Digital Security Act to combat cybercrime.
Praising Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership in developing Bangladesh, Zhao Kezhi said: “The nation’s dream of establishing a Golden Bengal will materialize under your leadership.”
The prime minister appreciated ongoing cooperation from China for Bangladesh’s development.
Mentioning the inauguration of the world’s longest sea bridge in China, Sheikh Hasina described it as “amazing”.
“Bangladesh is a country with many rivers, and we need to construct many bridges. We seek Chinese cooperation in this regard,” she said.
While discussing investment in Bangladesh, the premier said the government has allocated land in a special economic zone for Chinese entrepreneurs, so that they could set up industries.
“We hope more Chinese entrepreneurs will come to Bangladesh because of the investment-friendly atmosphere,” she said.
The Chinese minister said Beijing always supports Bangladesh’s independence and sovereignty.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Inspector General of Police Dr Javed Patwary, PM’s Military Secretary Major General Mian Mohammad Zainul Abedin, Secretary to the Public Security Division of the Ministry of Home Mostafa Kamal Uddin, and Security Service Division Secretary Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury were present, among others.