(Burmese junta happy on the measures taken by
Prime minister of
Just before the official dialogue, the two leaders had a twenty minute long informal discussion at the Prime Minister’s Office. Present in the occasion were Foreign Minister and the chief secretary.
An agreement was reached when the
On repatriation of Rohingya refugees the Burmese side expressed their determination to take all of them back through bilateral and normal course within a short time.
Besides road link the two sides also agreed on coastal shipping agreement, stepping up border trade and easier visa procedures for the business community and doing away with the double-taxation that sometimes pose obstacles to smooth trade between the two countries. They also agreed to set up a joint business council.
In the light of the success of a Bangladeshi
Trade Fair in
Agreement was also reached on improved bilateral trade. At the end of the official talks, foreign ministers of the two countries signed deals on two agreements: that the foreign ministers of the two countries would officially meet at least once a year to discuss bilateral issues in the two capitals, and that there would be promotion in the fields including arts, culture, scientific research, media and tourism development.
The Burmese junta leader reached
Among the 55 member delegation are the wife of
the Burmese junta leader, two daughters, secretary 1 of SPDC junta, and other
higher officials. From the airport the
Burmese delegation went to the National Mausoleum at Savar Nabinagar and paid homage
to the martyrs of the liberation war of
In the evening the two heads of state held a formal bilateral talk at the Prime Minister’s Office. At a press conference held later in the office of the foreign minister the foreign secretary Shamser Mabin Chowdhury said that the talks was held in a friendly and cordial atmosphere. The visit, he hoped, would strengthen the historical and friendly relations of the two countries.
The secretary said that Madame Zia remembered the state visit of the late Bangladeshi
president Ziaur Rahman, her deceased husband, in July
1977. The Burmese leader remembered the
late president with a deep sense of honour and mentioned him as a great leader
in the region. This was the first
official visit of a high-ranking leader of
The Bangladeshi Prime Minister proposed poverty alleviation, development, rule of law, establishment of a corruption-free society and other related fields of development. She also stressed on her government’s deep commitment to develop friendly relations with the neighbours and the world at large. She said that the trade has made headway, but there was a need for changing the accounting system for the trade. She also requested for extending visa to the Bangladeshi businessmen for up to six months and to facilitate travelling up to Sittwe with a border pass.
The Burmese leader also said that his government is firmly resolved to establish democracy. He also mentioned about the presence of an interim arrangement in this regard. He expressed his satisfaction at the measures taken by the Bangladeshi government concerning the (Burmese) separatists and thanked her for the measures taken.
To the proposal of the repatriation of the Rohingyas he agreed to take measures to repatriate them
soon through agreement by discussion. At
the end the prime minister of
Foreign Secretary of
To another question he said that the proposed
road link with
For repatriation of Bangladeshi prisoners in
The Burmese junta leader would call on the President of Bangladesh, Iaz Uddin Ahmed, this afternoon and join a lunch party hosted in his honour. Besides this the trade ministers of the two countries will meet today. The Burmese prime minister leaves for home this evening. #