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Bangladesh Foreign Secretary talks about Bangladesh-Burma Relations



On Bangladesh-Burma relations, the foreign secretary of Bangladesh Mirajul Quayes said the foreign secretary level consultations will be held here 28th and 29th of this month, where existing issues like border trade, banking facility, repatriation of Rohingya refugees would be discussed.
"We will talk on repatriation of Rohingya refugees and stopping pushback by Burma . In addition to 29,000 refugees living in the camps, some 300,000 people have intruded into Bangladesh over the past several years." Quayes added.


The foreign secretary said a technical level meeting between Bangladesh and Burma on maritime boundary issue would be held in Dhaka on January 8. He said regular engagement with Burma will help address the issues between the two countries.

About the schedule of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India, foreign secretary said, it would likely to take place on January 11 though the Indian side was yet to confirm the schedule.
However he said that in the ensuing visit prime minister's previous program would be replaced by new dates.
Hasina's visit was scheduled on December 19 but it was deferred due to the participation of prime ministers of both the countries in Copenhagen climate summit.

Foreign Secretary said Bangladesh expects progress in the long running issue of sharing waters of the Teesta River during prime minister's visit to New Delhi. He also said, Dhaka sought a date from Delhi to hold ministerial-level Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) meeting before the PM's visit but Indian side had not yet responded.



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