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Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh seeks Greece, Japan’s support

  • Published at 11:34 am October 25th, 2020
Bangladesh Ambassador to Greece
Bangladesh Ambassador to Greece Ashud Ahmed with President Katerina Sakellaropoulou at a ceremony at the Greek Presidency in Athens UNB

Bangladesh also sought lucrative business investments in the country

Bangladesh has sought support from Japan and Greece for the early repatriation of Rohingyas continuously being persecuted in their homeland in western Rakhine province of Myanmar.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Greece Ashud Ahmed discussed the issue while presenting his credentials to President Katerina Sakellaropoulou at a ceremony at the Greek Presidency in Athens recently, said the embassy on Sunday.

The ambassador briefed the president about the burden Bangladesh has been bearing for the last four years by giving shelter to over 1.1 million forcefully displaced Myanmar people on humanitarian ground.

During the meeting held between the president and the ambassador following the presentation of the credentials, the president congratulated and felicitated the ambassador for taking over the important assignment.

Thanking the president for receiving him and giving her audience, the ambassador conveyed to the president the greetings and regards of Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Mentioning about the existing excellent bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Greece, the ambassador expressed his commitment to contribute towards further strengthening the bilateral relations through identifying new areas of mutual cooperation for the benefit of the two friendly countries.


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Speaking on Bangladesh, especially the enviable growth rate and continuous upward trajectory of its economy under the government of the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the ambassador informed the Greek president of the different prospective sectors including ship building, tourism, recycling and energy for consideration of the Greek investors and business community mentioning about various facilities and incentives being offered by the incumbent business friendly government.

The ambassador suggested the president that a business delegation can accompany the foreign minister during his reciprocal bilateral visit to Bangladesh at a mutually convenient time so that the two business communities can see for themselves the potential areas for investment and business development.

He informed the president of the successful ever bilateral visit of Bangladesh foreign minister to Greece last year that saw a huge dynamism for tapping potential areas of investment and doing business by the two business people.

In response to the issues raised by the ambassador, the Greek president hoped that the bilateral relations would be further strengthened during his tenure and expressed her happiness over the existing business and investment potentials in Bangladesh for exploring by the two business communities.

The president conveyed her regards for the president and the prime minister of Bangladesh wishing them good health and peace and prosperity of the country.

Dhaka seeks Tokyo's support

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has sought Japan’s strong support in resolving the Rohingya crisis.

Stressing the need for ensuring peace, stability and prosperity of the region, he urged Japanese Ambassador Naoki Ito to use its leverage with Myanmar to create a conducive environment for an early, safe, sustainable and dignified repatriation of 1.1 million Rohingyas temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh to their ancestral homes in Rakhine state.

Momen discussed the issue when the ambassador met him on Sunday.

In response, the Ambassador referred to Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi’s recent visit to Myanmar where he called upon the Myanmar authorities for an early repatriation of the Rohingyas and assured that his government would continue to pursue the matter.

Newly-appointed Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito makes a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her parliament office on Monday, January 20, 2020 | PID

He said Japan reiterated its position regarding repatriation at the Conference on Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response held on October 22.

The foreign minister appreciated Japan’s continued support for strengthening infrastructural and socio-economic development of Bangladesh.

He urged Japanese entrepreneurs to invest in two special economic zones – in Araihazar (Narayanganj) and Gazipur – of Bangladesh.

Momen called upon Japanese businesses to take advantage of Bangladesh’s high corporate profitability, business-friendly policies, massive domestic market and strategic access to key markets across the world.

He termed Bangladesh a good destination for investment and hoped to elevate further the level of cooperation between the two friendly countries.

The ambassador referred to the newly-elected Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and expressed Japan’s keenness to further strengthen the bilateral relations.

Both the foreign minister and the ambassador expressed satisfaction at the existing excellent bilateral relations and agreed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2022 by organizing special events.

Momen also thanked the government of Japan for their support in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

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