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Put pressure on Myanmar to stop pushing Rohingyas into Bangladesh: PM

Hosting huge Myanmar nationals big burden, she says

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the international community to mount pressure on Myanmar to stop pushing its nationals into Bangladesh and take back Rohingya refugees.

"Hosting a huge number of Myanmar nationals is a big burden for Bangladesh. We've given shelter to them only on a humanitarian ground," she said.

The Prime Minister made the call when newly appointed Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh Rina Prihtyasmiarsi Soemarno met her at her office.

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

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given shelter for the Myanmar refugees on humanitarian ground and hosting a huge number of Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh is a big burden for the country.

The Indonesian envoy highly appreciated the Bangladesh government for giving shelter to the huge Myanmar nationals on humanitarian ground. "Bangladesh is taking the right steps in this regard," she commented.

Reiterating her government's strong stance against terrorism, Sheikh Hasina said the policy of the present government is very clear and Dhaka will not allow any body to use Bangladesh soil to carry out terrorist act against any neighbouring country.

She put emphasis on further developing economic partnership between Bangladesh and Indonesia and said it would be better to strengthen cooperation between South Asia and South East Asian regions instead of cooperation only with the south.

Raising the connectivity issue, she mentioned the BCIM and BBIN initiatives in the south Asian region and said these are beneficial for economic cooperation.

The Prime Minister said her government has taken steps to establish 100 economic zones in the country where investors from both home and abroad can make their investments.

She also sought Indonesian investment in the economic zones for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

The Indonesian Ambassador said Jakarta wants to develop economic partnership with Dhaka as Indonesia is eager to be engaged with Bangladesh in joint venture initiatives in various sectors like pharmaceutical industries.

Terming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as a shining beacon, Rina Prihtyasmiarsi Soemarno said Indonesia has many things to learn from Bangladesh about development in various sectors.

She expressed Indonesia's keenness to establish a 1600 MW LNG-based power plant in Bangladesh.

The Ambassador also mentioned that the Indonesian investment in Bangladesh is growing and stressed the need for establishing direct air link between the two countries as well as taking steps to set up industries in joint venture.

She informed the Prime Minister that Indonesia is already manufacturing 50-seat aircraft.

The new envoy said Bangladesh and Indonesia have been maintaining economic and friendly cooperation between the two countries since the establishment of diplomatic ties in March 1972.

Senior PMO Secretary Suraiya Begum was present on the occasion.

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