Dhaka, Jul 14 : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged her visiting South Korean counterpart Lee Nak-yon to engage with Myanmar for an early peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis saying it posed a threat to regional stability and peace.
The displacement of Rohingyas from Myanmar to Bangladesh has posed risks to peace and stability of our region, Bangladesh premier’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted her as saying during the talks with Lee Nak-yon.
She said Dhaka expected South Korea to engage with Myanmar for an early peaceful solution to the crisis and insisted that sustained international pressure and engagement were needed to substantiate Bangladesh efforts.
Mr Karim said the South Korean premier in reply said, 'any thing we can do we’ll do'.
He said trade, commerce, investment, technical cooperation and the Rohingyas were discussed in the meeting.
Sheikh Hasina said Myanmar until now failed to create a conducive environment in Rakhine barring the expected return of the Rohingyas.
If the displaced Rohingyas are assured of safety, dignity and access to their land and
property, they will be encouraged to go back to Myanmar, she said.Sheikh Hasina, however, expressed her gratitude to South Korea for supporting adoption of a resolution on the situation of Human Rights in Myanmar at the UN General Assembly in November 2018.
We also appreciate Korea’s humanitarian aid for the Rohingyas, she said as her Korean
counterpart highly praised Bangladesh for housing a huge number of Rohingyas.The prime minister further said South Korea might import woven garments, pharmaceuticals, knitwear, jute and jute products, leather and leather goods, frozen food, ceramic items from Bangladesh.
Lee Nak-yon, on the other hand, said his government would consider the Bangladesh proposal for duty-and-quota- free access of its goods to South Korea.Ms Hasina stated that South Korea turned out to be one of Bangladesh’s emerging development partners with economic and technical cooperation in health, ICT, education, water treatment, energy, transport sectors.
She appreciated Korean fund for the improvement of the reliability and safety of national highway corridors by Intelligent Transport System (ITS) while KOICA’s support to human resource development of Bangladesh civil service was praiseworthy.The premier acknowledged Korea Telecom support for establishing digital connectivity in Maheshkhali Island and added Korean investment in different Hi-Tech parks in Bangladesh was highly welcomed.
She sought Korea’s cooperation in setting up e-waste recycling plant, introducing Korean language learning program at Sheikh Russel digital Lab and establishing digital security agency.In response, the Korean prime minister said they are interested to work together with Bangladesh in the fields of energy, ICT and defence as well.(UNI)