PM seeks Singapore help on Rohingya issue: Shortens visit

PM seeks Singapore help on Rohingya issue: Shortens visit

0

Singapore, Mar 12 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Monday urged Singapore to pursue Myanmar government being the current chair of ASEAN to take back the Rohingyas she held bilateral talks with her Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsein Loong here.
“Stability and development of the region is dependent on their repatriation,” the Bangladesh premier told Lee at the meeting at Istana, official residence of Singapore President and office of the country’s Prime Minister.
Sheikh Hasina said the Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed on Rohingya repatriation but the “process is being delayed” while seeking Singapore’s intervention for their safe and dignified return.
Later briefing the newsmen along with premier’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haq said bilateral trade and problems of seafarers prominently dominated in the talks alongside the Rohingya crisis.
“The entire gamut of bilateral issue including Rohingya issue was discussed in their long discussion,” he said.
Ahead of the talks Sheikh Hasina made a courtesy call on Singapore President Halimah Yacob at Istana.
The foreign secretary said the two leaders focused on economic collaboration including business and investment as it’s the basis of the relation of the two countries while Sheikh Hasina showed interest in Singapore’s investment in the areas of food and fish processing and energy.
Lee Hsein, he said, responded positively as the Bangladesh premier urged him to invest in Special Economic Zones also to reduce the huge trade gap between the two countries.
According to Haque the two premiers discussed on connectivity issue, ways of strengthening air connectivity and free movement of seafarers in Singapore.
Sheikh Hasina invited the Singapore president and the prime minister to visit Bangladesh in their convenience this year while both of them accepted the invitation saying schedules of their visits would be fixed on the convenience of the both the sides.
Sheikh Hasina requested her Singaporean counterpart to resolve the problems of seafarers. Lee Hsein assured her of looking into the matter and take steps for its resolution.
Sheikh Hasina also expressed her government’s high interest in construction of deep sea port requesting for support of Singapore.
In the meeting with Hilimah Yacob, the foreign secretary said the president of Singapore highly lauded Sheikh Hasina’s leadership particularly for her role in women emancipation and gender issue.
Both Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and her Singapore counterpart Lee Hsein Loong, son of the country’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew, are carrying on the torch of their esteemed father’s legacies and working for the prosperity of the two countries.
Sheikh Hasina returns home from Singapore on Tuesday cutting short her four-day official visit by a day following the crash of a Bangladeshi plane in Nepal.
According to a release issued by the PM’s Press Wing on Monday, the Prime Minister will come back home due to the crash of a US-Bangla Airlines aircraft.
At least 50 people died as an aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of the Himalayan country on Monday, said officials.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to Singapore on Sunday on a four-day official visit at the invitation of her Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong.
The Prime Minister has already talked to Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli over telephone from Singapore to inquire about the plane crash.
She said Bangladesh will send a helping team to Nepal right after the resumption of operation in Tribhuban Airport to assist the Nepalese team in the rescue operation of the US Bangla Airlines plane crash incident.” Bangladesh will extend all sorts of necessary support,” she said. – UNB

Share.
Loading...

Comments are closed.