Japan to Work for Early Rohingya Repatriation Communicating with Myanmar

In Dhaka, Japanese Ambassador Ito Naoki has said that his country will contact Myanmar to ensure early repatriation of the Rohingya to their place of origin in the state of Rakhine.

"Japan will work towards the early repatriation, communicating with Myanmar to this end," the Ambassador was quoted as saying in a recent programme in the city, reports UNB.

The Ambassador also noted that cooperation with the international community, such as the US, European and ASEAN countries, is necessary and that the next step is to start the confidence-building process.

For military officers studying at the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC), Ambassador Naoki delivered an online lecture on "Japan and Bangladesh - 50 Years of Friendship."

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen recently said Rohingyas will "jeopardise regional and international security" if the 1.1 million Rohingya people are left unattended and not given the opportunity to return to their homeland.

Repatriation attempts failed twice in November 2018 and August 2019 amid Rohingyas' "lack of trust" on the Myanmar government.

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal on November 23, 2017.

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a "Physical Arrangement" document on January 16, 2018, which was intended to facilitate the return of Rohingya to their homeland.

The Japanese Ambassador stressed Japan's contribution to achieving Bangladesh's prosperity and preserving peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

The relations between Japan and Bangladesh were interactively addressed by more than 200 students from the DSCSC Masters program.

The Ambassador emphasised the expanding economic ties between the two countries, quality infrastructure projects under BIG-B, and the common vision of Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP).

On January 16, 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a 'Physical Arrangement' document intended to facilitate the return of Rohingya to their homeland.

The Japanese Ambassador stressed the contribution of Japan to the prosperity of Bangladesh and the maintenance of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

More than 200 students from the DSCSC Masters program discussed the ties between Japan and Bangladesh interactively.

Free and Open Indo-Pacific

Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) is a vision to promote peace and prosperity of the countries in the Indo-Pacific region, said the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka on Sunday.

The core pillars of FOIP are to establish a rules-based international order and consolidate principles such as free trade, freedom of navigation, and the rule of law, to pursue economic prosperity through quality infrastructure and connectivity, and promote cooperation on peace and stability including anti-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster management.

Together with like-minded countries that share the vision, Japan is vigorously leading efforts to this end, the Embassy said.

BIG-B initiative

In 2014, Japan and Bangladesh agreed to launch the initiative of "the Bay of Bengal Industrial Growth Belt(BIG-B)".

The BIG-B initiative aims to develop infrastructure, improve the investment environment and promote connectivity across and beyond the Bazar belt area of Dhaka-Chittagong-Cox.

Bangladesh's largest infrastructure project, the Moheshkhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development Initiative (MIDI), is an integral part of BIG-B, the Japanese Embassy said.

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