Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Mohammad Tofazzel Hossain Miah has sought support from the Netherlands for returning the Rohingyas and the political solution of the issue in Myanmar.
He made the request while calling on Dutch Prime Minister's Foreign and Security Adviser Geoffrey Van Leeuwen on March 31 2023, according to a release in Dhaka on Saturday.
He also lauded the Dutch government's intent to deepen cooperation with Bangladesh beyond the water sector.
The principal secretary, accompanied by Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands M Riaz Hamidullah, appraised Bangladesh's journey in building a pluralist and liberal society, advancing women empowerment and making good on the commitments to strengthening democratic institutions in Bangladesh.
Leeuwen lauded Bangladesh's continued journey in development under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He also reiterated the Dutch prime minister's invitation to Hasina to visit the Netherlands.
The Principal Secretary proposed a Public-Private Dialogue mechanism with the Netherlands which the Dutch side welcomed.
The principal secretary is leading a high-level Bangladesh delegation comprising Commerce Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh, BGMEA President Faruque Hassan, former MCCI President Barrister Nihad Kabir and the Secretary General, Farooq Ahmed.
During the day, the delegation held several meetings at the Dutch Foreign Ministry where the two sides discussed wide ranging issues including extension of EU GSP provisions towards the Bangladesh apparel sector, the collaboration on transformative projects under the Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP).
Not to mention, facilitating Dutch investment financing in the private sector, especially across diverse sectors of Bangladesh agriculture and bringing innovative Dutch water solutions to Bangladesh were also integral to their recommendations.
He also met with representatives of leading Dutch financial institutions and the Eindhoven-based Brainport.