Netherlands for putting pressure on Myanmar to take Rohingyas back


Desk Report:

Newly appointed Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bangladesh Hendrikus GJ Harry on Monday stressed the need for continued international pressure on Myanmar to take back their nationals living in Bangladesh.

He made the remark when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.

PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

The Netherlands envoy highly appraised the economic development of Bangladesh and mentioned that he will work to strengthen the relations between the two countries further.

“Bangladesh has immense opportunity to develop further in agricultural sector,” Harry said.

He mentioned that the Netherlands is helping Bangladesh materialise the Delta Plan 2100 saying both the countries have a common long-term Delta Plan.

Harry handed over a letter of Queen Maxima to the Prime Minister.

Welcoming the newly appointed envoy in Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina recalled the support of the Netherlands during the Liberation War of the country.

She deeply appreciated its support in formulation of the Delta Plan 2100 and sought further assistance for its implementation.

The Prime Minister also sought Dutch support in water management and preventing river erosion.

She said the government is establishing 100 special economic zones across the country and invited foreign investment in those.

Talking about agricultural sector, the Prime Minister stressed the need for expanding the agriculture market to create more opportunities to sell argo-based commodities.

About the repatriation of Rohingyas, the Prime Minister said, China and India are building houses in Rakhaine for the Rohingya people, while Japan also expressed desire to extend cooperation in this regard. unb


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