Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said she wants quick repatriation of the displaced Rohingya people living in Bangladesh in a deplorable condition.
The prime minister said this when newly appointed Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Hiroyasu IZUMI met her at her Sangsad Bhaban office.
PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
He said the prime minister appreciated the role of Japan in supporting Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue.
“The way they (Rohingyas) are living here is not in a good condition. We’re giving them a temporary shelter,” she said adding that Myanmar has already agreed to take them back.
The prime minister termed the relations between Bangladesh and Japan a historic one and the foundation of that was laid by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman after Bangladesh’s Liberation War.
Seeking Japanese investment in Bangladesh, Hasina said the government has established connectivity with the neighbouring countries. Bangladesh has already offered Nepal and Bhutan to use its Syedpur Airport for import and export purposes, she added.
Regarding the Matarbari power plant, the prime minister appreciated Japan’s cooperation and said this will be very helpful for Bangladesh’s economic development.
Ambassador Hiroyasu IZUMI said Japan’s sympathy is with Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue. “We want a peaceful solution to this crisis. The peaceful diplomatic policy of Bangladesh to handle the crisis is widely acclaimed,” he said.
IZUMI also mentioned that Japan will give USD 27 million for the Rohingyas.
About the investment scenario in Bangladesh, IZUMI said the investment climate in Bangladesh is very appreciable. “Japanese investors are very much interested to come to Bangladesh for investment.”
Regarding Matarbari power plant, he said Japan will do their best for the mega project and take all-out steps for protecting the ecology of the area.
He sought Bangladesh’s support in favour of Japan for getting the non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council in 2022.