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Envoy: China wants implementation of Rohingya repatriation deal

  • Published at 10:40 pm July 18th, 2019
web-makeshift rohingya camp in cox’s Bazar
This photo taken recently shows a makeshift rohingya camp in cox’s Bazar Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

'We want execution of the deal signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar on the repatriation of the Rohingyas'

Outgoing Chinese Ambassador Zhang Zuo said Beijing wants implementation of the Bangladesh-Myanmar agreement on Rohingya repatriation.

“We want execution of the deal signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar on the repatriation of the Rohingyas,” he said while paying a farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence in the capital on Thursday afternoon.

In response, the Prime Minister said if the repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas start, even on a small scale, it will be good for all, said the PM's press secretary Ihsanul Karim while briefing reporters after the meeting.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated the Chinese envoy for successful completion of his tenure in Dhaka.

Regarding the bilateral relation between Bangladesh and China, the Prime Minister said: “The diverse field of activities has given momentum in raising our bilateral relations to a new height.”

Referring to her recent visit to China, Sheikh Hasina said it was a very good, and successful tour.

“The discussion with the Chinese leaders including the President, and the Prime Minister was very fruitful,” she said.

The Chinese ambassador thanked the government for extending cooperation in discharging his responsibilities during his stay in Bangladesh.

He highly appreciated Bangladesh’s tremendous development in the last decade under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Zhang Zuo hoped: “Sonar Bangla [Golden Bangladesh] as dreamt by the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will come true under the dynamic leadership of the prime minister.”

Sheikh Hasina informed the envoy that she is going to formally invite the Chinese Premier to visit Bangladesh.

PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman was present at the meeting.