Rohingya Repatriation

Bangladesh seeks Indonesia’s role through ASEAN

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 01:00, Feb 17,2020


Bangladesh has requested Indonesia to remain pro-active in the ASEAN platform to convince Myanmar for creating a conducive environment for a safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas.

Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen discussed the issue when Indonesian ambassador to Bangladesh Rina Prihtyasmiarsi Soemarno met him at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday.

Momen suggested that an ASEAN-led observer team might be deployed in Rakhine State to oversee the repatriation process.

The ambassador assured to remain engaged in the issue and continue Indonesia’s support for a durable solution to the crisis, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The foreign minister thanked Indonesia for the humanitarian support extended to the Rohingyas and sought political support from Indonesia on the repatriation issue.

Momen invited Indonesia’s prime minister and president to visit Bangladesh this year to celebrate the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The ambassador also invited prime minister Sheikh Hasina to visit Indonesia.

Terming Indonesia as Bangladesh’s important bilateral trading partner, Momen suggested that the imbalance in trade could be reduced if Indonesia invested in Bangladesh where a business friendly environment was prevailing.

He mentioned that the purchasing power of Bangladesh’s growing middle class had enhanced significantly in recent decades and also Bangladesh was surrounded by two giant economies of India and China.

The Indonesian ambassador agreed that Bangladesh had attained economic progress and appreciated the Bangladeshi technicians and professionals who work in the IT sector in Indonesia.

She hoped that Bangladesh would invest more in garments and processed food sector in Indonesia.

The Bangladesh foreign minister noted that Bangladesh’s pharmaceutical products met 97 per cent of local demands and were exported to 144 countries.

He requested Indonesia to ease the registration process for Bangladeshi pharmaceutical products in Indonesia.

He noted that world class life saving drugs were available in Bangladesh at a much cheaper price than in the advanced countries.

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