Bangladesh has urged India to continue to play a crucial role in persuading Myanmar to ensure early and safe repatriation of the Rohingyas.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali made the call at a discussion in New Delhi yesterday.
Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) organised the discussion titled “Current state of India-Bangladesh relations and its future”, said a press release of the high commission.
Referring to the five-point proposal made by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to solve the Rohingya crisis at the last session of UN General Assembly, the Bangladesh envoy said, “We believe that sustained international pressure on Myanmar would be a catalyst for a long-term solution….”
High Commissioner Muazzem during his speech also reiterated Bangladesh's policy of zero-tolerance for terrorism and its resolve not to allow any terrorist group to use its soil for launching attack on India.
The issue of security had “bedevilled Indo-Bangladesh ties in the past”, but Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has firmly contained the situation, he said.
Referring to the unresolved issue of sharing water of the Teesta, the Bangladesh envoy said, “Bangladesh is eagerly looking forward to an early conclusion” of an agreement on Teesta water sharing to open up newer opportunities for cooperation.
He also stressed the need for stepping up cooperation between the two neighbours for joint management of 54 common rivers, said the release.
IDSA Director General Jayant Prasad made welcome address at the programme.