Awami League delegation leaves for China tomorrow

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Updated at 08:55am on September 03, 2019

A high-level 20-member delegation of Bangladesh Awami League, led by presidium member and parliamentary standing committee chairman on law, justice and parliamentary affairs Abdul Matin Khasru, leaves for China on early Wednesday at the invitation of Communist Party of China.

During this tour, we would meet CPC leaders and discuss on various issues where the Rohingya crisis and their repatriation to Myanmar would come up for discussion, said lawyer Abdul Matin Khasru at the Bangladesh Awami League’s party chief Sheikh Hasina’s office at Dhanmondi-3 in the afternoon.

Khasru was briefing reporters ahead of the AL delegation’s eight-day tour to China from September 4-11, 2019.

He said, ‘We’ll request the CPC leaders so that China put pressure on Myanmar and thus Myanmar take back their own Rohingya nationals to their country.’

Khasru, also a former law minister, said they would apprise the Chinese leaders that hosting around 11 lakh Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar was a very big pressure on Bangladesh and the country could not afford the load anymore.

The Rohingya crisis was putting adverse impacts on our environment, ecology, infrastructures and on the whole the living of the host communities there, he said, adding that the Rohingya problem could be resolved if China played strong role in this regard.

Khasru also cited lack of sincerity among the government of Myanmar in taking back the Rohingyas.

‘But, we want the Rohingyas to go back to their country with their dignity and security,’ he added.

Asked about the recent development at Assam in India, Khasru declined to comment further on the issue saying that they are observing the developments there.

Revealing the tour itinerary, the AL presidium member said the AL delegation would visit Nanjing of Jiangsu province, Zunyi of Guizhou province and Guiyang of Guizhou province.

Apart from meeting the leaders of CPC and International Department of CPC, he said the AL delegation would also take part in a seminar with CPC party school on good governance and seminar and discussion with CPC party school on poverty alleviation.

Khasru said China was one of the major development partners of Bangladesh and they were assisting in various development projects in Bangladesh with their finance and technological support.

He said during their parleys with the CPC leaders, both the party leaders would exchange experiences of their progress and development in various sectors, especially in education, health and in poverty alleviation.

Khasru said Bangladesh had made unimaginable successes in various sectors over the last 10 years under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and these success stories would be shared with the Chinese political counterparts.

The AL delegation members include AL information and research secretary Md Afzal Husain, AL science and technology secretary Md Abdus Sabur, AL youth and sports secretary Harunur Rashid, AL deputy publicity secretary Aminul Islam, AL central executive committee members Dipankar Talukder, MP, Mohammad Amirul Alam Milon, Md Azmatullah Khan, ABM Reazul Kabir Kawsar, Md Rofiqur Rahman, Aparajita Haque, MP, Basanti Chakma, MP, Dhaka north city AL science and technology secretary Nazmul Alam Bhuiyan, Dhaka south city AL joint general secretary Kamal Chowdhury, AL international affairs subcommittee members Salim Mahmud, Tarun Kanti Das, DBC news editor Pranab Saha, daily Janakantha deputy editor Obaidul Kabir Mollah, senior reporter of BSS Golam Moin Uddin, and Md Rofiqul Islam Rony of Bangladesh Protidin.