Dhaka – Turkey has assured Bangladesh of extending support to handle the one of the world’s largest refugee crisis that unfolded between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Visiting Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim made the assurance while meeting Bangladeshi leaders in Dhaka on Tuesday. He also called upon the international community and the United Nations to stand by Bangladesh in resolving the crisis.
Yildirim, who arrived in Dhaka on Monday night on a two-day visit to Bangladesh, held bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He also called on President Abdul Hamid at the latter’s Bangabahaban official residence.
At a meeting with the President Yildirim reassured Ankara’s continued support for Dhaka in handling the crisis saying sustained pressures on Myanmar would help ensure a safe and dignified repatriation of the forcibly displaced people.
“The Turkish premier reassured our president of continued support of his country over Rohingya issue and put on sustained pressures on Myanmar to take them back,” Bangabhaban spokesman said.
Yildirim, he said, lauded the role in handling the crisis and said his government chalked up a work plan to stand by Bangladesh in resolving the crisis as early as possible.
Hamid expressed gratitude to Turkey for providing sincere supports to address the issue and thanked Turkish President for convening an Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Jerusalem issue.
The President also sought support and cooperation of the Turkey to elect Bangladeshi candidate to the post of OIC assistant secretary general for science and technology affairs.
He described existing Dhaka-Ankara ties to be very excellent and expected it to continue in future.
Yildirim stressed on joint-initiatives to utilize the potentials of two countries for enhancing trade and commerce saying Turkish investors were keen to invest in Bangladesh in different sectors especially in garments.
Referring to the proposed “Parliamentary Friendship Group” he said its formation would strengthen the bilateral and parliamentary ties of the two countries to take the relations to a newer height.