Both Bangladesh and Japan want the dignified repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingya to their homeland, Myanmar.
The Rohingya issue was discussed when Parliamentary Deputy Foreign Minister, Japan, HONDA Taro and Chairman, Japan International Corporation Agency. TANAKA Akihiko (JICA) paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at his official residence in Ganabhaban on Sunday afternoon, BSS reports.
Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the call.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh requested Japan’s support to repatriate the Rohingyas to their homeland Myanmar.
“Several years have passed since the Rohingya took refuge in Bangladesh and now they are becoming a burden on us,” she added.
In response, Japan’s Parliamentary Deputy Foreign Minister HONDA Taro said he also wanted the Rohingya to be repatriated with dignity.
He added, “Japan wants a dignified repatriation of the Rohingyas and they support Bangladesh on the issue.”
The leaders of Bangladesh and Japan discussed economic development cooperation between the two countries.
The Japanese leader and JICA President praised the Bangladeshi Prime Minister for constructing the much-publicized Padma Bridge with his own funds, saying the bridge will accelerate Bangladesh’s overall development.
Sheikh Hasina said the Padma Bridge and the Bangabandhu Bridge over the Jamuna River connected the southern and northern regions to other parts of the country.
PM says Japan is implementing Bangladesh’s three mega-projects – Matharbari coal-fired power plant in Maheshkhali, metro and third terminal at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka – to specifically help accelerate development from Bangladesh.
In response, the JICA President appreciated the Bangladeshi government’s full support to implement the three megaprojects.
The Japanese leader appreciated Bangladesh’s emergence as a developing nation from one of the least developed countries under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Bangladeshi and Japanese leaders recalled former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Bangladesh in 2014.
Sheikh Hasina denounced the murder of Shinzo Abe and described him as a great friend of Bangladesh.
The Japanese leader said Shinzo Abe’s visit to Bangladesh has elevated the bilateral relationship between Bangladesh and Japan to a comprehensive partnership.
The Prime Minister said that the visit of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Japan in October 1973 laid the foundation for the current relations between Bangladesh and Japan.
She said Bangabandhu was a great admirer of Japan’s socio-economic and technological advancements and wanted to replicate the Japanese model to transform agriculture-based Bangladesh into an industrialized Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary, Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus, and the Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh, Ito Naoki, were present.