Published:  12:00 AM, 12 January 2017

PM asks Myanmar to take back its nationals

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday renewed her call to Myanmar to take back its nationals from Bangladesh. She made the call when visiting Myanmar Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin met her at Ganabhaban. During the meeting, the Prime Minister said the two countries can permanently resolve the refugee problem through discussions. PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. He said Sheikh Hasina reiterated Bangladesh's 'zero tolerance policy' against terrorism, and mentioned that Bangla-desh will not allow its soil to be used for terrorist acts against any of its neighboring countries. "Bangla-desh doesn't allow any armed group of insurgents to use its territory against any of its neighbors," the press secretary quoted the Prime Minister as saying.

Expressing satisfaction over the existing ties be-tween the two countries, she reiterated that Bangla-desh values its relations with the neighbors.  "I'll do whatever is necessary for further strengthening the ties with Myanmar," she said. Highlighting stunning socioeconomic development of Bangladesh, the Prime Minister said Myan-mar can learn from Bangla-desh's experiences in this regard. She also invited Myan-mar State Coun-selor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Bangladesh.

During the meeting, U Kyaw Tin handed over a letter of the Myanmar's State to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and said Myanmar wants to deepen its ties and cooperation with Bangla-desh. The Myanmar state minister also laid emphasis on setting up a border liaison office, terming this very important for both the countries. He also stressed the need for exchanging information between the border forces of the two countries.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Senior Secretary of the PMO Suraiya Begum, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka U Myo Myint Than were present on the occasion. Earlier, the Myanmar minister of state had a meeting with the Bangladesh Foreign Minister at the state guesthouse Padma in the afternoon.

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