Persuade Myanmar to take back Rohingyas

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged China to persuade Myanmar to take back their over one million Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh.

Hasina made the request when she had a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo at her Sangsad Bhaban office, Ihsanul Karim, the PM’s press secretary, told journalists after the meeting.

He said the PM once again expressed her firm stance over the Rohingya issue, saying that the displaced people have to go back to their homeland.

Zhang Zuo in response said China will play a constructive role in resolving the crisis.

Meanwhile, Beijing has invited the PM to pay an official visit to China from July 1-5, during which she will attend the annual meeting of the “New Champions”, which is known as “Summer Davos” to be held in Dalian from July 1-3, upon the Chinese government’s invitation.

It will be Hasina’s first bilateral visit to Beijing, following her party’s landslide victory in the December elections.

She will be meeting with President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang during the visit.

The press secretary said Hasina and Zhang also discussed her China visit at their meeting.

The PM said four instruments on bolstering bilateral cooperations between Bangladesh and China will be signed during her China visit.

Both the Hasina and the Chinese envoy expressed satisfaction over the existing bilateral relations between the two nations and hoped that the ties will be strengthened further in the future.

The Chinese envoy said the Dhaka-Beijing relations reached a new height after Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Bangladesh in 2016.

About the Dhaka-Beijing bilateral cooperation, Hasina spoke about China’s support in the continuation of the construction work on Karnaphuli Tunnel.

Knowing that a book on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s visits to China will be published, Zhang Zuo said his country was interested in translating it into Chinese languages.

In this regard, the PM urged the envoy to provide photographs of Bangabandhu’s China visit if they have any.

The PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman was present at the meeting.

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