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Bangladesh, Singapore hold talks over voluntary repatriation

  • Published at 12:09 am April 10th, 2020
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File photo: Foreign workers hanging out along the corridor of the S11 Dormitory at Punggol, in Singapore on April 6, 2020 AFP

Coronavirus infected Bangladeshi workers in Singapore are being provided with food, healthcare and other essential supplies along with salaries

Bangladesh and Singapore have agreed to work together to facilitate the repatriation of Bangladeshi nationals and workers who desire to return home and to take Singaporeans back home from Bangladesh to be reunited with their families and loved ones.

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan had a telephone conversation with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen where they discussed the issues on Thursday afternoon, reports UNB. 

They exchanged notes on their responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, reaffirming the need to work together to overcome this common challenge. 

Minister Momen expressed gratitude for Singapore's efforts to ensure the health and welfare of Bangladeshi workers in Singapore, including providing food, healthcare, and other essential supplies, as well as ensuring that salaries continue to be paid. 

Also Read - Bangladeshi workers live in fear as virus hits Singapore dorms

The Singapore Foreign Minister explained to Minister Momen some of the health precautions they have taken, given the cluster of cases at several dormitories there. 

Of the 1,481 coronavirus infected people in Singapore, the number of Bangladesh nationals is 244, according to the Foreign Ministry. Steps have been taken to provide them with the necessary treatment there. 

These workers have made significant contributions to Singapore, and Singapore thinks they have a responsibility to provide for their well-being, Balakrishnan said.

Ahead of the Bengali New Year on April 14, the Singapore Foreign wished Minister Momen and all Bangladeshi nationals in Singapore a Happy Bengali New Year.

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