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Bangladesh, Russia agree to work on Rohingya issue

Published : 17 Jul 2021 09:52 PM | Updated : 18 Jul 2021 12:52 AM

Bangladesh and Russia have agreed to work together on the Rohingya repatriation issue.

It was discussed during a meeting between Bangladesh foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the margin of the international conference on “Central & South Asia: regional connectivity, challenges and opportunity” held in Tashkent on Friday.

Dr Momen requested Russia for active and fruitful cooperation to facilitate the return and reintegration of the Rohingya to their homeland, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

“Two Foreign ministers agreed to work together on the issue. Russia will continue to encourage Myanmar to engage in dialogue with Bangladesh,” read the statement.

The two ministers expressed happiness at the level of existing mutual cooperation between Bangladesh and Russia. Russian foreign minister expressed their commitment to complete the two nuclear projects in Bangladesh in 2023 and 2024.

Bangladesh foreign minister thanked his Russian counterpart for the gracious message sent by president Vladimir Putin during the celebration of the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Dr. Momen also gave an overview of the corona vaccines and thanked Russian foreign minister for standing beside Bangladesh in all difficult times, especially their direct support in Bangladesh’s War of Liberation.