Bangladesh Foreign Minister urged the Canadian High Commissioner to pursue with his Government so that Bangladesh receives at least 2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from Canada on an emergency basis, referring to recent statement of Canadian Procurement Minister Anita Anand. Canadian High Commissioner assured to follow up with his Government about Bangladesh’s request.
Underscoring that sustainable return of the Rohingyas to Myanmar is the only solution; the Foreign Minister thanked the Canadian government for continued strong political and humanitarian support for the Rohingya crisis. He also reiterated Bangladesh’s expectation that Canada would extend Duty-Free Quota-Free (DFQF) access to Bangladeshi exportables until 2027, and also would commence negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) or Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with Bangladesh soon.
The Foreign Minister expressed hope that Nur Chowdhury, the convicted killer of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would be returned back to Bangladesh in near future.
High Commissioner Préfontaine stated that Canada would continue its humanitarian support for displaced Rohingyas and host communities at the same scale for next three years, as has been reflected in their national budgetary framework. He also underscored that Canada is willing to enhance its economic cooperation with Bangladesh, including in areas of trade and investment.