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Repatriation only solution to Rohingya crisis: Turkish envoy

08 Feb 2021 10:56, Somoy English Desk
Repatriation only solution to Rohingya crisis: Turkish envoy
Repatriation only solution to Rohingya crisis: Turkish envoy

Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh Mustafa Osman Turan has said the only solution to the Rohingya crisis is to repatriate the displaced Myanmar nationals to their homeland in Rakhine.

Turkey will stay by Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue in the days to come, the envoy said during a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban on Sunday.

PM’s Assistant Press Secretary MM Emrul Kayas briefed reporters after the meeting.

“Turkey always supports Bangladesh in resolving the Rohingya problem and will remain in favour of Bangladesh in future,” he said, quoting the envoy.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her gratitude to the First Lady of Turkey for visiting the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar soon after the Myanmar nationals were forced to take shelter in Bangladesh.

Mentioning the mutual visits by the foreign ministers, the premier expressed her satisfaction over the existing bilateral relations between the two countries and hoped the relations will further strengthen during the stay of the newly appointed ambassador of Turkey to Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina expressed her satisfaction after knowing eagerness of Turkish investors to invest in Bangladesh, reports BSS.

She thanked the Turkish government for repairing the Naval ship of Bangladesh that was badly damaged in Beirut blast in Lebanon.

Assuring the envoy of giving every support during his stay in Bangladesh, the prime minister wished his success and good health as well.

She also greeted the Turkey President.

Taking his first-ever assignment as ambassador, Mustafa Osman Turan came to Bangladesh and expressed his country’s desire to increase bilateral trade between the two countries.

He said that various trade organisations and business persons have expressed their desire to make investments in Bangladesh.

He mentioned that a Turkish organisation is going to invest 100 million USD in LPG sector in Bangladesh.

To increase investment, a webinar meeting was held on January 21 last between Bangladesh’s BIDA and Turkey’s DEIK with participation of Turkish business personnel.

The Turkey envoy expressed his gratitude for naming an important avenue of Bangladesh after the name of former Turkey president Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

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