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PM seeks Sri Lanka's support over Rohingya repatriation

BSS . Dhaka
25 Nov 2022 21:20:04 | Update: 25 Nov 2022 21:51:16
PM seeks Sri Lanka's support over Rohingya repatriation
Rohingya refugees sit on a makeshift boat as they get interrogated by the Border Guard Bangladesh after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, at Shah Porir Dwip near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on November 9, 2017 — Reuters Photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday sought Sri Lanka's support for sustainable, safe and voluntary repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas to their ancestral land in Rakhine state of Myanmar.

The premier sought this support while Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry paid a courtesy call on her at her official residence Ganabhaban, according to a press release of the Prime Minister's Press Wing.

While discussing the regional and multilateral cooperation, Sheikh Hasina pointed out that the prolonged presence of more than a million forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar poses a serious threat to the overall socio-economy, environment and security architecture in Bangladesh and the entire region.

Ali Sabry is visiting Bangladesh to participate in the 22nd Ministerial Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) from November 23-26.

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The prime minister expressed satisfaction and thanked the Sri Lankan foreign minister for attending the programme. She also wished good luck and a speedy economic recovery of Sri Lanka.

Sheikh Hasina also discussed the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the regional economy.

The Sri Lankan foreign minister expressed his admiration for the charismatic leadership of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and commended the recent socio-economic development and stability Bangladesh achieved under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Ali Sabry called for shipping and air connectivity between the two countries to boost trade relations and enhance people-to-people contacts.

He also underscored that Sri Lankans are interested in investing in Bangladesh and invited investment from Bangladesh.

The Sri Lankan foreign minister conveyed an invitation on behalf of his government to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to visit Colombo at a mutually convenient time.

The meeting ended in a positive tone with a pledge to continue the friendly cooperation between the two countries in the days ahead.