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Pakistan lauds Bangladesh’s role in handling refugee crisis

Pakistan lauds Bangladesh’s role in handling refugee crisis
Pakistan lauds Bangladesh’s role in handling refugee crisis
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Pakistan Prime Minister Shaid Khaqan Abbasi has lauded Bangladesh’s role in facing the challenges posed by the influx of more than half a million additional forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh.

The Pakistani PM said that Myanmar should shoulder its responsibilities for protection of all its nationals, particularly the minorities like Rohingyas.

Abbasi made the remarks when Bangladesh High Commissioner to Pakistan Tarik Ahsan paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Pakistan in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The High Commissioner conveyed the best wishes to the newly elected Prime Minister who took office on August 1, said the Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad in a press release.

The Pakistani premier greeted the Bangladeshi High Commissioner and recalled the visit of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Lahore in 1974 for participating in the 2nd OIC Summit.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had visited Pakistan in the very beginning of Bangladesh-Pakistan diplomatic relations.

He called for strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries by removing all misunderstandings through dialogue.

In this connection, he stressed the need for resuming Foreign Secretary Level Consultations.

The Pakistani PM emphasized to further enhance trade and economic relations as well as promoting people-to-people contact between the two countries.

The Bangladesh High Commissioner thanked the Prime Minister for expression of solidarity with Bangladesh in tackling the humanitarian crisis.

He requested the Pakistani Prime Minister to join international community to impress upon Myanmar to ensure a speedy repatriation of all their forcibly displaced nationals back to their homes in Myanmar.

As regards Foreign Secretary Level Consultations, the High Commissioner indicated that Bangladesh is open to hold the long-overdue consolations at any mutually convenient time in Dhaka.

-SAM

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