Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Mr. Zhang Zuo on Tuesday (Jun 25) said that his country will play a “constructive role” in resolving the Rohingya crisis.
“We will play a constructive role in resolving the protracted Rohingya crisis,” he said when he paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Jatiyo Sangsad Office in Dhaka in the afternoon. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed newsmen after the meeting, local media reported.
The PM said the forcibly displaced Rohingyas must go back to their homeland and urged China to pursuade Myanmar to take back their nationals from Bangladesh.
The press secretary said the PM and the ambassador also discussed the issue of upcoming visit of the premier to China. In this connection, Sheikh Hasina said four instruments on bolstering bilateral cooperation will be signed between the two countries during her visit to China in the first week of July.
Both the PM and the envoy expressed satisfaction over the existing bilateral relations between the two countries and hoped the ties will be further strengthened in the days to come.
The Chinese ambassador said Beijing-Dhaka relations reached a new height after the visit of their President Xi Jinping to Bangladesh in 2016.
On the issue of Dhaka-Beijing bilateral cooperation, the PM mentioned that the construction work of Karnaphuli Tunnel in Chattogram is going on with Chinese support.
Knowing that a book on China visits of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be published, the ambassador showed his country’s interest to translate the book into Chinese language. In this regard, the PM requested the ambassador to give the photographs on the visits of Bangabandhu, if they have.
PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman was present on the occasion.