Terming Bangladesh a geographically contiguous neighbour of the Asean, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed her country’s keen interest in strengthening institutional engagements with the important regional organisation.
She sought a more pro-active support from the Asean to ensure an “early, safe and dignified” repatriation of the displaced Rohingyas whom Bangladesh temporarily sheltered purely on humanitarian grounds.
The PM said this in her message to President of the Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the occasion of the 50 years of diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and the Philippines, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
President Duterte said, “Bangladesh, having transitioned to one of the most successful economies in the world, will play a greater role in the South Asian region and beyond.”
The two leaders vowed to further strengthen the shared journey of the two friendly countries in the next 50 years and beyond.
Hasina recalled with gratitude the early recognition the government of the Philippines accorded to an independent Bangladesh on February 24, 1972.
Both the leaders praised the strong, cooperative and friendly relations that have been nurtured between the two friendly countries in the last five decades, including trade, investment, education, tourism, cultural exchange and people-to-people contacts.