Put pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingyas, Prime Minister urges China

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PNS Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged China to put pressure on Myanmar so that it takes back Rohingyas who were displaced from their homeland in Rakhine state.

She made the call when visiting Chinese State Councillor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi met her at her official residence Ganobhaban in the city.

After the meeting, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.

Sheikh Hasina hoped that China will play a positive and constructive role in resolving the Rohingya crisis, saying Chinese initiative will significantly help end the problem.

Talking about the longest sea bridge built in China, she said Bangladesh is a riverine country and it needs to construct many bridges, seeking Chinese cooperation in this regard.

Seeking more Chinese investment in Bangladesh, the Prime Minister said her government has kept aside land where Chinese entrepreneurs can develop their industries.

In reply, the Chinese State Councillor hoped that the investors of his country will respond to the call.

He said China always supports Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign country.

Highly praising dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Zhao Kezhi said Bangladesh’s development in recent years is just amazing.

Noting that China itself is a developing country, he said Bangladesh has also been graduated to a developing nation.

Raising the issue of terrorism, the Prime Minister mentioned her government’s zero-tolerance policy and recently enacted law to combat cybercrimes.

In response, the Chinese Public Security Affairs Minister said his country is ready to provide necessary technical assistance to Bangladesh in this regard.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Nojibur Rahman, PM’s Military Secretary Major General Mia Md Jainul Abedin, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary, Security Services Division Secretary Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury and Public Security Division Secretary Mostafa Kamal Uddin were present.

PNS/Tamanna Khan