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Japan reiterates support for Rohingya repatriation

  • Published at 12:25 am December 18th, 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

Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque is leading a 10-member delegation to Japan for the Foreign Secretary-level dialogue

Japan has reiterated its support for the safe, voluntary return and resettlement of Rohingyas, who had to take shelter in Cox’s Bazar to escape the brutalities of the Myanmar security forces and other non-state actors, in Rakhine.

During the second Bangladesh-Japan Foreign Office Consultation (FOC) in Tokyo on Monday, Senior Deputy Minister of Japanese Foreign Ministry Kazuyuki Yamazaki also highly commended Dhaka’s humanitarian support to the displaced Myanmar nationals.

Tokyo will further promote the Japan-Bangladesh comprehensive partnership and continue to fully support Bangladesh's development in all fronts so that the country can attain the status of a middle-income country by 2021, said a foreign ministry press release quoting Kazuyuki Yamazaki.

The First FOC was held in Dhaka on February 2015. 

Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque is leading a 10-member delegation to Japan for the Foreign Secretary-level dialogue. 

Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima and representatives from other ministries were also present during the discussion.

The consultation reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and took stock of implementation status of decisions taken in the past at different levels of the two governments. Consensus was reached to strengthen economic and commercial relations, and to explore new areas of cooperation.

The foreign secretary expressed hope that Bay of Bengal Industrial Growth Belt (Big-B) Initiative will accelerate cooperation for development of quality infrastructure and the investment environment in Bangladesh and will strengthen regional connectivity. 

He requested Japan’s support to set up skills and Japanese language training center in Bangladesh to train potential Bangladeshi workers for recruitment in highly skilled and less skilled sectors under  Japan’s newly adopted immigration law. 

Shahidul Haque requested Japan to foster greater friendship and people-to-people exchanges between two countries. Defining Bangladesh’s plan to develop inclusive and people centric blue economy, he requested Japanese assistance and collaboration in deep sea fishing and ocean resource mapping.

On the sidelines of the consultation, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque paid a courtesy call on State Minister of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan Ichiro Tsukada at his office and discussed issues of mutual interest. 

Tsukada is also Secretary General of Bangladesh-Japan Parliamentary Friendship (JBPFL) which works to enhance and strengthen cooperation between parliamentarians of the two countries. Shahidul Haque also met Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobukatsu Kanehara at Prime Minister’s Office and discussed bilateral, regional and strategic issues.