Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday renewed her call to Myanmar to take back its nationals from Bangladesh.
She made the call when visiting Myanmar Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin met her at Ganobhaban in the evening.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister said the two countries can permanently resolve the refugee problem through discussions.
PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
He said Hasina reiterated Bangladesh’s ‘zero tolerance policy’ against terrorism, and mentioned that Bangladesh will not allow its soil to be used for terrorist acts against any of its neighbouring countries. “Bangladesh doesn’t allow any armed group of insurgents to use its territory against any of its neighbours,” the press secretary quoted the Prime Minister as saying.
Expressing satisfaction over the existing ties between the two countries, she reiterated that Bangladesh values its relations with the neighbours. “I’ll do whatever is necessary for further strengthening the ties with Myanmar,” she said.
Highlighting stunning socioeconomic development of Bangladesh, the Prime Minister said Myanmar can learn from Bangladesh’s experiences in this regard.
She also invited Myanmar State Cousellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Bangladesh.
During the meeting, U Kyaw Tin handed over a letter of the Myanmar’s State to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and said Myanmar wants to deepen its ties and cooperation with Bangladesh.
The Myanmar state minister also laid emphasis on setting up a border liaison office, terming this very important for both the countries.
He also stressed the need for exchanging information between the border forces of the two countries.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Senior Secretary of the PMO Suraiya Begum, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka U Myo Myint Than were present on the occasion.
Earlier, the Myanmar minister of state had a meeting with the Bangladesh Foreign Minister at the state guesthouse Padma in the afternoon.
National Desk (UNB)