PM urges int'l community for more support for Rohingya refugees
2023-04-29 05:13:30 BdST
2023-10-04 08:21:23 BdST
Live Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the international community to lend more support for Rohingya refugees who have fled from their native country Myanmar to Bangladesh.
Sheikh Hasina met Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio on Wednesday. They agreed to elevate bilateral relations to a strategic partnership.
Bangladesh saw the largest influx of Rohingyas from neighboring Myanmar in 2017, who fled their homeland to escape the military crackdown.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during the interview, said the cost of operating refugee camps for about one million Rohingya is rising as energy and food prices have soared on the back of the Ukrainian situation.
She said her government has already started discussions with the Myanmar military about returning the refugees. Myanmar has agreed to take them back, but nothing has materialized so far, she added.
The premier also said that she wants to conclude an economic partnership agreement with Japan by 2026. Bangladesh, she said, has a large population of young people, and there are huge markets in South and Southeast Asia.