Bangladesh, China ink four MoUs
Bangladesh and China on Sunday signed four MoUs and agreements to boost cooperation between the two countries.
The cooperation documents were signed after an hour-long bilateral meeting between Chinese state councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi and his Bangladesh counterpart AK Abdul Momen at a city hotel.
State minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam briefed the media after the bilateral meeting and said details of the signed documents will be shared with the media later.
Disaster management, cultural exchange and marine science cooperation are among the signed documents.
He said the Chinese foreign minister is pleased to see Bangladesh’s socioeconomic progress under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
Both sides discussed bilateral, regional and global issues in the meeting with a hope to ‘elevate’ the relationship between the two countries to a ‘new level’.
Minister Wang laid emphasis on joint collaboration in the future and appreciated Bangladesh’s position on ‘One-China’ policy.
‘We must stop the worsening situation in Rohingya camp,’ Shahriar said while responding to a question on the Rohingya issue.
At the bilateral meeting, China promised to give duty-free facilities to another per cent of Bangladeshi products.
Now Bangladesh will get 99 per cent duty-free export facility in the Chinese market.
He said the Chinese side said they are committed and they will remain committed and will do their best to find the solution to the Rohingya crisis.
China has said his country is sincerely working to find a solution to the Rohingya crisis terming Myanmar a difficult country to handle.
‘Myanmar is a difficult country. We are sincerely working to resolve the crisis and will continue our efforts in the future. Minister Wang stated it very clearly. It’s a difficult country and difficult to handle,’ agriculture minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque told reporters quoting the Chinese foreign minister as saying.
Razzaque, who received the Chinese foreign minister upon his arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Saturday, conveyed to minister Wang that Bangladesh is unable to bear such a big burden as the country has limited resources.
The agriculture minister said there is an impact on social security and social stability of the country due to the presence of over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Bangladesh.
‘It’s a big threat to our national security,’ he told the Chinese foreign minister after welcoming him to Bangladesh.
Minister Wang visited Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 on Saturday evening and paid tribute to the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He signed the visitors’ book there.
Shahriar Alam received the Chinese foreign minister at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.
He left for Mongolia wrapping up his less than 24 hours visit to Bangladesh.
Foreign minister Wang Yi during his meeting with Momen said all Bangladeshi students would return to China from Sunday.
Visas would be issued accordingly, said Chinese deputy chief of mission Hualong Yan.
Foreign minister Momen saw Wang off at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:45am on Sunday.