Japan ready to help Bangladesh solve Rohingya crisis, envoy tells PM
DHAKA, Jan 20, 2020 (BSS) – Newly-appointed Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Naoki Ito today said his country is ready to extend any kind of assistance to Bangladesh for solving the protracted Rohingya crisis.
“We want a sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis and we’re ready to provide any kind of support to Bangladesh in this regard,” he said.
The Japanese envoy made the remark when he paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Jatiya Sangsad Office here this evening.
After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.
The prime minister said the local people of Cox’s Bazar are suffering a lot due to the presence of huge number of Rohingyas.
She also feared the rise of anti-social elements if the Myanmar nationals stay there for a long time.
Sheikh Hasina highly appreciated Japanese assistance in Bangladesh’s development efforts since its independence.
She also recalled Japanese support to rebuild war-ravaged Bangladesh when Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returned home after independence.
The prime minister said the only aim of the Father of the Nation was to liberate the country and ensure basic needs of the common people.
She said the golden jubilee of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Japan will be celebrated in 2022.
Sheikh Hasina also referred to the Bangladesh-Japan relationship in the fields of trade, commerce and investment.
She said her government is setting up 100 economic zones across the country for further industrialization and generating more employment and lands have been allocated for the Japanese investors in Araihazar and Gazipur.
“The Japanese entrepreneurs can set up industries there according to their needs,” she said.