Dhaka, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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ASEAN could play important role in addressing the Rohingya crisis: FM

DHAKA, Nov 14, 2017 (BSS) - Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali today observed the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), as a successful regional body, could play important role in addressing the Rohingya crisis.

He made the remark while new High Commissioner of Singapore to Bangladesh (based in Singapore) Derek LohEu-Tse met him at the Foreign Ministry, a press release said.

During the meeting, the minister also sought Singapore's support in the effort for early repatriation of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals from Bangladesh and also for securing a durable solution of the Rohingya problem.

Congratulating the High Commissioner for his new assignment here, Ali expressed satisfaction over the existing close relations between Bangladesh and Singapore.

The Minister stressed on further deepening of bilateral cooperation in trade, investment and other areas of mutual interest.

Foreign Minister particularly encouraged Singaporean investment in the energy and infrastructure sector of Bangladesh.

The new envoy reiterated Singapore's interest in the power generation and LNG sector, airport and port development, and management areas.

They also discussed about the Prime Minister's expected visit to Singapore in early next year.

The High Commissioner also met the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahariar Alam.