PM returns home

China to give 2,500 tonnes rice for Rohingyas as 9 instruments signed

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:14, Jul 06,2019 | Updated: 00:54, Jul 07,2019


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday came back home wrapping up her five-day official visit to China at the invitation of her Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang.

A VVIP fight of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital at 1:40pm, reported Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.

Sheikh Hasina, also ruling Awami League president, will brief the media  about the visit on Monday, prime minister’s speech writer M Nazrul Islam told the agency.

Senior ministers, Awmai League leaders and civil and military high officials were present at the airport to receive Hasina.

Earlier, Hasina’s flight left Beijing Capital International Airport at 11:05am Chinese local time on Saturday.

The prime minister was given static guard of honour at the Beijing airport while Chinese vice foreign minister Luo Zhaohui and Bangladesh ambassador to China M Fazlul Karim saw the premier off there.

During the trip, Hasina held bilateral talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping and prime minister Li Keqiang.

Besides, she joined the World Economic Forum annual meeting of the New Champions in the city of Dalian and attended a panel discussion titled ‘Cooperation in the Pacific Rim’.

After she met with her Chinese counterpart, Beijing assured Bangladesh that it would try to persuade Myanmar to take back its Rohingyas.

The Chinese premier agreed with Sheikh Hasina on resolving the protracted crisis quickly, saying, ‘There is no doubt that it’s a big problem for Bangladesh.’

Li Keqiang, however, stressed the need for solving the crisis bilaterally and assured that China will help end the crisis.

During his call on with Sheikh Hasina, the Communist Party of China’s leader and minister for international affairs Song Tao also assured that their sole governing party would contact Myanmar State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders there in order to resolve the crisis.

Bangladesh and China also signed nine instruments, including on aid for the Rohingyas, economic and technical cooperation, investment, power, culture and tourism, after the talks between the two premiers on July 4.

The instruments comprised five agreements, three memorandums of understanding and one document which were signed by the ministers and officials concerned of the two countries in presence of the two leaders.

Under the first agreement titled ‘Letter of Exchange on the Rohingya Refugees Rice Aid’, China will provide 2,500 tonnes of rice for Rohingyas, who have fled atrocities in Myanmar, what the United Nations termed ethnic cleansing and genocide.

On July 1, Hasina had left Dhaka for China on the five-day official visit.

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