The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau :
Bangladesh Foreign Minister, Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, MP, had separate bilateral meetings with his counterparts from India, China, and Tajikistan yesterday at the sidelines of the International Conference on “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity, Challenges, and Opportunities” being held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Dr. Momen and Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar discussed a range of issues including the bilateral and regional connectivity, Covid and vaccination situation, repatriation of the Rohingyas as well as the cooperation of both countries in various international fora.
This was followed by Dr. Momen’s meeting with Mr. Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of China. Dr. Momen thanked the Chinese government for initiating the six-party COVID consultation and expressed Bangladesh’s gratitude to the Chinese Government for sending vaccine doses as gifts and also opening the commercial supply line. Dr. Momen requested again to initiate vaccine coproduction in Bangladesh. Both the foreign ministers agreed to continue to work further towards the repatriation of the Rohingyas and underscored the need to resume the tripartite dialogue.
During his meeting with the Foreign Minister of Tajikistan, Mr. Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Dr. Momen proposed to initiate a joint working commission to boost bilateral trade and investment. Foreign Minister Muhriddin expressed his country’s appreciation to Bangladesh for graciously hosting the persecuted Rohingya people and pledged to continue to support Bangladesh in its multidimensional efforts to repatriate the displaced Rohingyas.