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Momen: China playing important role in mitigating Rohingya crisis

The foreign minister thanked China as a trusted development partner and hoped that the ongoing bilateral engagements would be further enhanced

Update : 05 Jul 2023, 07:07 PM

Foreign Minister Dr Ak Abdul Momen has said that China is playing an important role in mitigating the Rohingya crisis as part of its efforts to mitigate many other crises in different parts of the world.

He appreciated the efforts of China under the trilateral framework for facilitating the desired repatriation of the Rohingyas, temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh on humanitarian grounds, to their homeland in the Rakhine State of Myanmar.

He made the remarks as Ambassador of China to Bangladesh Yao Wen called on him at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.

During the meeting, Dr Momen praised the recent achievements of Chinese diplomatic efforts that bore positive outcomes in the Middle East.

He pointed out the inflationary pressure and other economic woes inflicted by the undesired Russia-Ukraine war on the lives of the common people, particularly those in the developing world.

Dr Momen also expressed hope that the war would be brought to an immediate end through dialogue and peaceful diplomatic engagements.

During the meeting, the foreign minister reiterated Bangladesh's commitments for further enhancing the “South-South Cooperation” for greater collective benefit of the global South.

He referred to innovative approaches including that of the Community Clinics introduced in Bangladesh by the Government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, which is now internationally appreciated. 

He observed that a developing country like Bangladesh could apply a lot of practical, simple and viable Chinese innovations for the benefit of the common people.

Foreign Minister Dr Momen referred to Bangladesh's success in management of the Covid-19 pandemic and appreciated the significant Chinese support in this regard.

The Chinese Envoy updated about different development projects in Bangladesh that are being carried out with support from China.

Foreign Minister Dr Momen thanked China as a trusted development partner and hoped that the ongoing bilateral engagements would be further enhanced. 

He encouraged greater Chinese investment in Bangladesh to facilitate more job-creation and transfer of technology and skills.

While exchanging views on climate change, the issue of the prevailing monsoon and its impacts on possible flood situation in the country, particularly the occurrence of flash-floods, came up.

The Chinese envoy offered to extend assistance for dredging the relevant rivers in Bangladesh for improving the capacity of the rivers to better manage the flood situations.

They also reviewed the ongoing bilateral cooperation in various multilateral and international forums.


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