ROHINGYA CRISIS: BANGLADESH SEEKS SINGAPORE’S ASSISTANCE

ROHINGYA CRISIS: BANGLADESH SEEKS SINGAPORE’S ASSISTANCE

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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina being received by her Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana, the office of the president of the Southeast Asian country on 12 March, 2018

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged Singapore to request Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis quickly as it is a big problem and burden on Bangladesh.

She made the call during her meetings with Singapore President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana, the office of the president of Singapore.

Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque briefed reporters after the meetings, reports UNB.

As Singapore and Myanmar are the chair and member of the Asean respectively, the country can make the Myanmar government understand that the region’s stability and development depend on the repatriation of Rohingyas, Hasina told the Singaporean leaders.

Mentioning that Bangladesh has already signed an agreement with Myanmar on the repatriation of Rohingyas, the PM said the implementation of the agreement was being delayed for many reasons.

“The prime minister told Singapore to request Myanmar in this regard and the Singaporean side responded very sympathetically,” Shahidul said.

Hasina said Bangladesh continues to shelter more than one million Rohingyas. Of them, some seven lakh have recently taken shelter in Bangladesh fleeing persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

The Singaporean president praised Hasina for her leadership, particularly in women’s emancipation and gender issue.

The foreign secretary said it has become clear through the discussion between the Bangladesh PM and the Singaporean president that the main basis of Bangladesh- Singapore relations is economic collaboration — trade, business and investment.

At both the meetings, Hasina said seafarers were facing problems for movement in Singapore and urged the Singapore government to solve those.

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