Bangladesh, China agree to strengthen defence cooperation further

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 00:44, Apr 28,2021 | Updated: 18:57, Apr 28,2021

 
 

Chinese defence minister General Wei Fenghe on Tuesday said that the defence cooperation between Bangladesh and China was growing and his country would continue strategic cooperation in the development of the armed forces of Bangladesh.

General Wei said this when he called on president Abdul Hamid at the Bangabhaban, according to a press release of the press wing of the president’s office.

President Abdul Hamid described China as an important development partner of Bangladesh in many areas, including socio-economic development.  

He, too, hoped that the defence relations between Bangladesh and China would be further strengthened in the coming days.

He also hoped that China would play a role in the repatriation of the displaced Rohingya people to Myanmar from Bangladesh.

President Hamid emphasised taking multilateral and bilateral steps, including on joint research and production of Covid vaccine, to contain the pandemic.

General Wei, also a state councillor of China, reached Dhaka on a brief visit to Bangladesh on Tuesday morning.

In a separate meeting with Bangladesh Army chief General Aziz Ahmed at his office, the Chinese minister emphasised starting repatriation of Rohingya people of Myanmar at the earliest and conveyed assurance to extend Chinese cooperation in this regard.  

General Wei paid homage to Bangladesh’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the capital, according to Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.

Chinese ambassador in Bangladesh Li Jiming and senior Bangladesh officials including, state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam, were present in the meetings, a foreign ministry spokesperson said.

 Shahriar received the Chinese minister at the Bangabandhu Air Base in the capital on his arrival.

The Chinese minister left Bangladesh for Sri Lanka in the afternoon.

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